3rd Annual Japanese Day Parade NYC-2024

BY: Adal Hussain, Chief Editor,  3rd Annual Japanese Day Parade NYC , May 11th 2024.

3rd Annual parade opened up with Opening Performance by Soh Daiko, National Anthem of the United States of America by Sonya Balsara, National Anthem of Japan by Hirona Amamiya.

OPENING REMARKS were by Shingo Kunieda, Grand Marshal Wheelchair tennis star and four-time Paralympic gold medalist Shingo Kunieda was the Grand Marshal of the 3rd Japan Parade. , Ambassador Mikio Mori, Honorary Chairman, Japan Day Inc., Koichi Yamaguchi, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Officers, Japan Day Inc. Presentation of Proclamations by New York Governor’s office, Mayor Eric Adams, Assembly member and many more presentations. Emcee of the event was Sandra Endo, Fox 11 Good Day LA anchor.

Japan National Tourism Organization U.S.-Japan Tourism Year 2024”, spoke and Japan Parade Art Contest Winners and Prizes Announcement Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan’s Promotional Video.

Cast of the 2.5D theater adaptation of internationally beloved manga/anime series “Demon Slayer” came from Japan and marched in the Parade.

Other marchers included: NYPD Horse Mounted Officers, Consulate General of Japan in NY, LED Truck, JAVA—Japanese American Veteran’s Association, The Japan Foundation, New York, Japan Airlines Co., Ltd. [Diamond Sponsor Float], Sojitz Corporation of America (Marchers), New York Japanese-American Lions Club, Waseda University New York Alumni Association, LGBT+ JAPAN, Japan National Tourism Organization, Float, and Tokyo-Frost Valley YMCA Partnership.

There were close to One Hundred different groups marching in the parade, with thousands of people lined up on Central park west. Enjoying the festivities.

The Japanese food festival was located on 72nd st and Columbus Avenue, which was awesome, you can try all kinds of Japanese foods, desserts, drinks and much more, some of the vendors who participated included: Beard Papa, KARLS BALLS, Ramen Kings, TORIE BEIN, Wagyu Man/Jetro, Matcha N’ More, and many more just to name a few.

It was our 3rd attendance at the parade, we covered the parade when it originally started three years ago, it keeps getting, bigger and better every year.

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