Photo: Kristi Yamaguchi
Former Olympic Gold Medalist and author Kristi Yamaguchi will be Grand Marshall of the Japan Parade, which be held on Saturday, May 13, beginning at 1pm. News correspondent Sandra Endo will be the Parade’s emcee.
Starting on Central Park West at West 81st Street and traveling south to West 67th Street, the purpose of the parade is designed to celebrate, express, and bring awareness to the friendship between NYC and Japan with a thank you from the Japanese community.
Other participating groups include Anime NYC (Anime Convention), COBU (Drum), Harlem Japanese Gospel Choir, International Karate Organization Kyokushinkaikan, The Japanese Folk Dance of NY, Katsura Sunshine (Rakugo Comedian), Midori & Friends (Music Education Group), Soh Daiko (Drum), TATE Hatoryu NY (Sword Fighting), Yosakoi Dance Project 10tecomai, Young People's Chorus of NYC, and many more.
Concurrently with the parade, the Japan Street Fair will be held on West 72nd Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue. It will feature tents offering fun and educational cultural activities including calligraphy, water balloon yo-yo fishing, origami, photo opportunities, along with approximately 20 tents serving authentic Japanese food.
For more information, visit www.JapanParadeNYC.org