Manhattan painted green and white during the Nigerian Independence Day Parade
The first parade celebration in NYC which happened in 1991 has evolved into something of glorious wonder and surprise to those in attendance by a number of surprises offered by companies this year.
With over 3,000 In attendance, the streets of Manhattan were painted green and white as Nigerians from all walks of life, young and old, took to the streets to celebrate their Independence Day Parade. This year’s celebrations, which stood out for many reasons, took place on 2nd Avenue with people marching and dancing through the 54th to 44th streets.
Those who attended the event got a taste of live performances by big names in the music industry and, at the same time, were also treated to various delicacies that resonate with the Nigerian cultures. Several DJs also did their thing and hyped the festivities.
This year’s celebration was taken to a whole new level thanks to the fact that a number of institutions came out strongly in its support most notably the partnership between Arik Airlines and Transfast took people by surprise. The two companies partnered to give one lucky customer and their companion a free round trip back to Nigeria. Also in attendance were Western Union and MoneyGram.
The organizers couldn’t hold back their joy. “Transfast continuous support has helped the community tremendously to raise the bar and took the parade to the next level.” said Francis James, board member of the Organization of Advancement of Nigerians, and NIDC; Organizers of the Nigerian Independence Day Parade.
“We always enjoy celebrating with the vibrant Nigerian community in New York,” said Jay Vix, Director of Strategic Partnerships at Transfast. “This year we were especially thrilled to be able to share our `$0 Fee’ offer and Transfast.com’s new website that offers an enhanced customer experience.”
Those who attended the parade praised it as an event that helps Nigerians to connect with one another and as a great platform to have a feel of and embrace various Nigerian cultures.
The event which marked the 56th anniversary since Nigeria got its independence from the British colonial rule was organized by a group of Nigerian civic groups.