UDR media highlights the 26th annual Nigerian Independence Day Parade in New York City (NYC), the “largest celebration of Nigeria outside of the homeland.” Held on October 1, 2016, Nigeria’s actual independence day, the parade attracted over 15,000 and featured Nigerian Ayo Jay, a One Nation/RCA Records recording artist.
The three-day celebration began with a ‘Welcome mixer’ for Nigerian youths and their friends, a culture night where these youths demonstrated appreciation for their cultural heritage, a pageant show, and ended on Saturday, October 1, 2016, with the Independence Day Parade & Festival in Manhattan. There were also diverse vendors including those serving African cuisine, selling artifacts, t-Shirts, and other goods.
The Nigerian Independence Day Parade NYC began in 1991 attracting a modest crowd. Today, it attracts people from diverse cultures across the globe and attendance has increased up to 15,000. The event is organized by Nigeria Independence Day Committee (NIDC), a coalition of Nigerian cultural, religious, professional, business, civic groups and individuals.
Watch the highlights.