Nigerians who are residents in the U.S. are preparing for the 2018 edition of the Nigeria Independence Day Parade and Carnival, which holds on Saturday in New York.
The event which takes place on an annual basis is the largest gathering of Nigerians outside Nigeria and it started in 1991.
The carnival is being organized by the Organisation for the Advancement of Nigerians (OAN) Inc. and Nigeria Independence Day Committee to celebrate Nigeria’s 58th independence anniversary.
The committee is a coalition of Nigerian cultural, religious, professional, business, and civic groups, committed to preserving, presenting and celebrating Nigeria’s rich history and culture.
The Chairman of the Organising Committee, Yinka Dansalami, said the carnival is being held in order to appreciate the rich and diverse culture of New York City.
He said, “The Nigerian Independence Day Parade will hold on Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., while the official independence day party will hold from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. on Sunday.
“The route will end at Nigeria House, and will be followed by the Independence Day Festival at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza near the United Nations Headquarters”.
The Parade route begins at Second Avenue and E. 54th Street and ends at E. 44th Street in New York City.