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Cultural Event

New York City, NY

Japan Parade 2024

Time and Location

Saturday, May 11
Central Park West (81st St ~ 67th St) (New York City, NY)


Building on the great success of the last two years, the 3rd annual Japan Parade in New York City will be held on Saturday, May 11, beginning at 1pm. Starting on Central Park West at West 81st Street and traveling south to West 67th Street, the purpose of the parade is to celebrate, express, and bring awareness to the friendship between NYC and Japan with a thank you from the Japanese community. Paralympic wheelchair tennis star and Paralympic four-time gold medalist Shingo Kunieda will be the Parade’s Grand Marshal.

This year’s Parade will also feature a live performance from the cast of the 2.5D Musical “Demon Slayer: The Stage” plus a special appearance from the Tanjiro, Zenitsu, and Inosuke Mini Corps Member mascots from the Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba anime series.

Concurrently with the Japan Parade, the Japan Street Fair will be held on West 72nd Street, between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue. The Japan Street Fair is the successor of Japan Day @ Central Park.

The Japan Street Fair will feature tents offering fun and educational cultural activities including calligraphy, water balloon yo-yo fishing, origami, photo opportunities, and a giveaway. In collaboration with JAPAN Fes New York, one of the largest organizers of Japanese food festivals in the world that hosts over 30 Japanese food fair events a year in New York City, the Street Fair will also feature 20 tents serving Japanese food. The latest information on Japan’s many tourist destinations will be made available at several other tents, and as with last year, there will also be a tent where visitors may donate to a charitable cause. This charity tent will collect donations for Noto earthquake victims, providing a Japan Parade tote bag as a thank-you. The Japan Street Fair is your chance to experience a Japanese festival, or matsuri, unlike any other.

Sandra Endo, news correspondent on KTVV Los Angeles, Fox 11 News, and a feature reporter for Good Day LA, will serve as Emcee of the parade.

This event is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

For more information, please visit: Japan Parade Official Website

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