Lots of of Turkish Individuals turned up on Saturday at New York’s Manhattan for the Turkish Day Parade to have fun the annual competition highlighting the unity and solidarity of the diaspora in the USA.
The parade took over a stretch of Madison Avenue in Midtown, beneath wet skies.
Contributors within the parade marched alongside the avenue from East 53rd to East forty seventh Avenue, carrying Turkish flags, singing and dancing.
Organized by the Federation of Turkish American Associations (TADF), the parade marked 40 years in 2023.
A convoy of autos belonging to numerous nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) participated within the parade, driving on the avenue.
Turkish Ambassador to the U.N. Sedat Önal and Turkish Consul Normal Reyhan Özgür greeted marchers and the convoy.
Türkiye’s Ambassador to the U.N. Sedat Önal (C), New York Consul Normal Reyhan Özgür (third L), TRNC New York Consultant Mehmet Dana (final R) and affiliation representatives attend the fortieth Turkish Day Parade, New York, U.S., Could 20, 2023. (AA Photograph)
Contributors later gathered at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza throughout from the U.N. advanced and loved Turkish meals, music and tradition.
Türkiye’s U.S. Ambassador Hasan Murat Mercan instructed the group in a video message that this yr’s parade was notably vital as 2023 marks the a hundredth anniversary of the Republic of Türkiye.
He stated the parade introduced Turkish Individuals collectively following lethal earthquakes that hit Türkiye on Feb. 6.
Mercan expressed gratitude to the diaspora within the U.S. for his or her solidarity with quake victims.
Vans displaying footage of the devastation drove alongside Madison Avenue through the parade.
Some Turkic international locations and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) additionally participated with a convoy of autos.
Becoming a member of the Basis for Kids with Leukemia’s (LÖSEV) convoy, Kaya Canikligil, 18, instructed AA, ”Having identified individuals who have had their lives considerably impacted by leukemia and most cancers, LÖSEV is a basis that I endear because it raises consciousness for these causes.”
The Turkish Day Parade was first held in 1981 in response to the assassination of Turkish diplomats within the U.S. by the Armenian Secret Military for the Liberation of Armenia (ASALA) terrorist group in New York.