New York City will hold its first ever Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Cultural and Heritage Parade this weekend, Mayor Eric Adams announced on May 11.
The parade is set to begin at 10:45 a.m. local time on Sixth Avenue from West 44th Street to West 55th Street, taking place amid protests following a wave of anti-Asian attacks during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“As we work to combat a spike in hate crimes, it is important to support and uplift our AAPI brothers and sisters,” Adams said in the announcement.
The parade will also take place during AAPI Heritage Month, which pays tribute to the generations of AAPI in the city’s history.
New York City has the second largest AAPI population in the United States.
“This parade signifies a historical moment where Asian, South Asian, and Pacific Islander Americans all come together at the heart of our diverse city to celebrate cultures and traditions while amplifying our voice in unity,” Dr. Bindu Babu, event co-chair of the parade said.
The parade is set to come a day after the city’s first-ever Japan Day parade to celebrate Japanese Americans and their heritage.
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