New York City hosts the Persian Day Parade, a celebration of Middle Eastern cultures in times of tension

NEW YORK — Thousands of people took to the streets of Midtown on Sunday to showcase their Persian culture and temporarily take their mind off things tensions in the Middle East.

A sea of ​​red filled Madison Avenue as dancers and demonstrators showed their pride during the Persian Day Parade. According to many attendees, it was time for a much-needed celebration. Ben Moosadazeh of the Long Island town of Dix Hills held the traditional Persian flag, with the lion and sun, an American flag and an Israeli flag.

‘Have peace with everyone. That’s all. No other message,” Moosazadeh said.

Rita Azemati made the four-hour drive from Washington DC to teach her daughter about her roots.

“First they have to learn their own culture and then they can adopt another culture, the American culture,” Azemati said.

History of the Persian Day Parade

The 20th annual parade followed the celebration of Nowruz, the Persian new year. Revelers passionate about preserving Persian culture said they undoubtedly hope for a year of peace and prosperity.

“We are the Persians, famous for living poetry all their lives,” says Iraj Javid of the Persian Parade Foundation.

All this was told through song and dance. The culture dating back to ancient times highlights the Persian Empire which at its height included modern-day Iran, Egypt, Turkey and more. Families celebrated Sunday together and with people from abroad, such as Fati Jahromi of Pennsylvania, whose family lives in Iran.

“I was actually FaceTime. They were really happy to see that,” Jahromi said.

“Culture knows no limit or boundary, or borders.”

City leaders also showed their pride.

“I will be the first deputy mayor of Persian descent in the largest city in the world,” said Deputy Mayor for Communications Fabien Levy.

When asked how he feels about the parade growing as it has, Dr. Cyrus Assadi, founder of the Persian Parade Foundation: “Excellent, excellent. This is part of Persian culture, and as you know, culture is not a limitation or a boundary, or boundaries.”