CaribWorldNews, NEW YORK, NY, Thurs. June 25, 2009: Jamaica is among more than 100 nations set to participate in this weekend`s 24th annual staging of the International Immigrants Parade in New York City.
The day long parade and festivities, set for Saturday, June 27, is the show piece event on the ambitious calendar of the International Immigrants Foundation, headquartered in midtown Manhattan, since l973.
The parade of nations will start at noon from 37th Street up along Sixth Avenue, through to 57th Street with hundreds of participants on colorful floats and marchers donning national costumes and stepping to the beat of indigenous music. More than a million New Yorkers are expected to line the 20 block parade route.
And for the 12th year in a row, Jamaica`s participation is being spearheaded by the membership of Sons & Daughters of Jamaica, Inc., a not-for-profit, community organization, based in Queens, NY.
Jose Richards, President and Founder of S&DoJ, told JIS News/NY that the parade will again provide the thousands of spectators and well wishers with a unique opportunity to experience the miracle of unity in diversity and an event that is second to none in the city of immigrants.
`The parade will provide an unforgettable, `edutaining` spectacle through the streets of New York City, more like a cultural journey around the world in a day and another chance to celebrate the contributions of Jamaicans and the Caribbean community to the life of the city in the month of June,` Richards said.
Richards, a respected community activist said that Jamaicans living in the Tri-State area who are interested in marching in the parade, should contact the organization at 718-712-5034 for more information.
`Just show up on time, wearing something Jamaican, to represent,` he said with a chuckle.