NYC’s Korean Day Parade

One of the things I’ve always loved about New York City is the variety of parades. We have parades for almost every major holiday – among them the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the Easter Bonnet Parade. And then there are the parades celebrating this city’s history as the home of immigrants. We have the St. Patrick’s Day Parade (celebrating the Irish), the National Puerto Rican Day Parade, Chinese Lunar New Year Parades, the Greek Independence Day Parade, the German-American Steuben Parade, the Tartan Day Parade (for the Scots), the Hispanic Day Parade (celebrating immigrants from Latin America), the Columbus Day Parade (celebrating the Italian-American community), the Pulaski Day Parade (celebrating Polish-American immigrants), the West Indian Day Parade, and so many more.

This is a holiday weekend, with many New Yorkers having an extra day off because of Columbus Day. The Columbus Day weekend brings three annual parades to New York City. Yesterday, the Korean Day Parade marched down Sixth Avenue in Manhattan. Today, despite light rain at the start, the Hispanic Day Parade was held, and tomorrow is the Columbus Day Parade. Having not attended the Korean Day Parade before, we decided to check it out. I’m so glad that we did!

The parade contained marchers from a variety of religious, business, and social organizations. I’ve picked a few of my favorite photos, presented below, to give you a sense of the colors and traditional Korean clothing. I hope that you enjoy!


13 thoughts on “NYC’s Korean Day Parade

    1. It’s one of the wonderful things about living in New York City – and other people come to watch and celebrate those unique cultures and their contributions. It’s like we are all Korean, or Irish, or Puerto Rican, etc. for the day. My favorite story comes from visiting the Puerto Rican Day Parade last year. There was a Puerto Rican family next to me watching the parade, and they had a little girl who was about 18 months old. They were having a wonderful time. All of a sudden the little girl held out her arms and launched herself at me from her father’s arms. I ended up holding her for about half an hour as she grinned up at me like we were best friends. The entire time, her family acted like I was just one of them.

  1. Lovely costumes although it’s a pity that the people in the background look so uninterested. I haven’t met ,many Koreans here in England but all of them have been lovely people.

    1. I was surprised that so few people were watching this parade, as most draw large crowds. We have a significant Korean population in NYC, with Koreatowns in both Manhattan and Queens. Some wonderful people, and delicious food as well!

  2. I was trying to get crosstown at 34th street and was delayed by the parade. For the time I watched it was indeed colorful and feathery with lots of drumming. They luckily broke the parade momentarily for busy New Yorkers to cross, but it was fun for the time I was delayed!

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