April 21, 2015

New York’s 2015 Persian Day Parade Welcomes Spring

2015 Persian Day Parade Celebrates Iranian Culture

Article, Photos and Video – Len Rapoport & Andrew Rapoport

Kambbiz Mofrad

Kambiz Mofrad – Parade President

April 19, 2015….Many cultures celebrate the change in the seasons but those of Persian or as we know them today Iranian decent celebrate in dance, colorful costumes and a display of their culture by throwing one of the biggest parties New Years parties on the streets of New York, the Persian Day Parade.  We had the pleasure of meeting the parade organizations president Kambiz Mofrad and their director of communications Betty Emamian.

The Parades History

The Persian Day Parade started 12 years ago by a group of Iranian philanthropists who decided that a parade would be a wonderful way to celebrate the Persian New Year, also known as Nowruz and  marks the first day of spring and it was indeed another  beautiful day.

This celebration had been held in March, but due to the poor and unpredictable weather they agreed to move it to mid-April. Not a bad decision, since March can be a brutal month and already has its Greek Independence Day Parade and of course the St. Patricks Day Parade.

This was the 12th year of this parade and took place on Madison Avenue from 38th Street to 24th Street and began at noon.  Their website states:

Persian Parade is a none-profitable cultural organization with no affiliation to any political or religious group. The main activity of the Persian Parade Inc. is to organize, promote, facilitate, and conduct a cultural Persian parade on the Second Week of April .

As thousands of spectators lined the streets and parade participants marched or floated down Madison Ave., you could see that this was not only a parade for those of Persian decent, but a parade for everyone.  If you look at a map of the Persian Empire you can see it covered a number of cultures and nations.

Why The Name Change to Iran?


In 1935 Rez? Sh?h requested that the international community refer to the country as Iran. Opposition to the name change led to the reversal of the decision, and in 1959 both names were to be used interchangeably.Today both “Persia” and “Iran” are used interchangeably in cultural contexts; however, “Iran” is the name used officially in political contexts…Wikipedia

As I have always said a picture may be worth a thousand words. so I have included a selection of my photos and a video as well.  I think I need not bore you with thousands of words and in this article will let my photos and video do all the talking.

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About the Author

Andrew Rapoport
Andrew Rapoport
I have been a photojournalist for the past 15 years. Working with my father Len Rapoport founder of IPA offered me the opportunity to not only learn by doing projects with him, but a way to better my skills on my own assignments. I have assisted my father on many assignments including parades, trade and consumer shows and some travel assignments. You can see some of the articles and assignments I have covered on the IMPress website.



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