First Nepal Day Parade in New York: A Long Way to Go

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The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. This is the first step of this journey. Nepalese Americans still have a long way to go.

Everybody can't get a chance to make the history. Only a few people get a chance to make the history. As Jim Lovell said, there are people who make things happen, there are people who watch things happen, and there are people who wonder what happened. People, who make things happen, they are real history makers.

Last weekend, Nepalese Americans witnessed similar scenario in New York. Some Nepalese Americans made things happen, other watched things happen and a few people wondered what happened. Hundreds of Nepalese New Yorkers flock to Nepal Day Parade in Manhattan. Waving Nepali national flags and singing the national anthem of Nepal, they marched in Manhattan and marked the Republic Day of Nepal. Nepalese Americans really made the history on Sunday.

According to Journalist Anuz Thapa, More than 40 Nepalese community organizations in the U.S. participated, and more than 5,000 Nepalese walked from 29th Street, south to 18th Street and Broadway, carrying the Nepalese flag and celebrating the day. However, organizers had expected about 2,000 people to take part.

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Nepalese Americans (not only Nepalese New Yorkers, but also Nepalese from other States in the USA) marched at first historical Nepal Day Parade in New York by dressing traditional Nepalese cultural costumes, singing, dancing and playing traditional music. The parade is the largest marking Nepal's Republic Day outside of Nepal, and Sunday it drew thousands of spectators and local leaders in New York. Some men wore Daura-Suruwal, traditional and former national costume of Nepal. And, many marchers wore their ethnic cultural costumes. It was like a garden, filled with flowers of many kinds. Non-Nepalese beheld the beauty of this garden.

Nepalese community is multi-cultural and multi-diverse in the USA. Nepalese speak 123 languages as a mother tongue. Almost all of these mother tongue's Nepalese live in the USA. Nepal has made up of over 40 different races and tribes. Each ethnic group has their own unique culture, tradition and costumes. Nepalese from almost all of these races and tribes live in the USA. Nepal Day Parade was a grand showcase of this multicultural and multi-linguistic, Nepalese community in the USA. The Diversities of Nepal's ethnic groups reflected multi-culture of Nepal in Manhattan at Nepal Day Parade.

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The general objective of the parade was to introduce the cultural pride of Nepal and Nepalese Americans amongst the diverse communities of immigrants in New York City. The specific objective was to promote trade and tourism of Nepal and help Nepalese Americans to intermingle in the mainstreaming process in the United States. The parade as this year was the beginning of the never-ending process to reflect the pride of the Nepalese Americans among other communities in the United States. Nepal Day Parade was organized by Nepalese American Community in the USA and supported by Consulate General of Nepal in New York.

Nepalese in New York were very much excited to participate in this historical event. Before this event, they were changing their profile pictures with a poster of an event on social medias to express solidarity and support. Now they are posting beautiful pictures of Nepal Day Parade on social medias. Without any doubt, the event was a grand success and Nepalese Americans should look to replicate it next year.

Last but not least, the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. This is the first step of this journey. Nepalese Americans still have a long way to go.