About Us

The Persian Parade!

The Persian Parade in New York City was founded in 2004 by visionary Iranian American doctors with the aim of celebrating Persian culture and heritage, especially during the Persian New Year festivities. Over the years, it has grown into an annual tradition, drawing participants and spectators from diverse backgrounds.

The parade serves to showcase various aspects of Persian culture, including music, dance, art, literature, and cuisine, while also preserving and passing on these traditions to future generations. Additionally, it helps dispel stereotypes and promote cross-cultural understanding. Nowruz, the Persian New Year, symbolizing renewal, and rebirth, marks the start of spring and is celebrated joyously in New York City with the Persian Parade. This celebration, open to all, invites people to welcome the new year, celebrate Iran’s rich culture, and enjoy its centuries-old traditions.

The Persian Parade Foundation, organizing the event, is a registered 501c3 nonprofit organization.

Our Leadership

The Persian Parade Foundation is governed by an elected Board of Directors, made up of members of the Persian community from the New York area.

THE PURPOSE & MISSION

The annual Persian Parade is the culmination of a year-long, community-wide effort to celebrate the rich history of Persian culture in New York City. It is coordinated by the Persian Parade Foundation (EIN #20-1997943) is a 501c3, non-profit cultural organization with no affiliation to any political or religious group. This event occurs near the Iranian New Year of the Persian calendar which coincides with the Spring Vernal Equinox. The Persian Parade is intended to promote and introduce the Iranian culture, its historical achievements in art, folklore, science, and the Iranian civilization to the general public.

The Persian Parade proudly takes place under both the American and the ancient (Persian) Iranian flags. Our organization aspires to create friendship and understanding with other cultures around the world and educate them about Iranian heritage and history. We strive to demonstrate the Iranian tradition of tolerance for the ethnic, religious and cultural differences among people as well as to express the will of the Iranian community to live in peace, unity and harmony with all.

The Persian Parade Foundation is a non-religious, non-political, non-governmental organization.

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