A big part of what makes New York City so special is its diversity. New York’s multitudinous neighborhoods are veritable salmagundis of intermingled races and religions, ethnicities and age groups, occupations and opinions. It’s this diversity that led to New York assuming the mantle of national melting pot, a phrase it went on to adopt as an unofficial nickname of sorts. That diversity may be best-reflected by the myriad parades held every year, which both honor and celebrate New York’s cherished varietal character. Is there any better way to revel in the multifaceted beauty of a great city than to hold a parade? Every year, tens of thousands of New York parade-goers answer that question with a resounding ‘no.’
However, any gathering of enough size is bound to gather commensurate strength and power. Thousands of people accumulated in any one place can cause frenzy or disarray that might lead to injury and harm. Last week, in fact, at the Puerto Rican Day parade, a police officer was injured when a Mercedes-Benz crashed into the motorcycle he was riding. Making this the second year in a row that a motorcycle-mounted officer was injured during an NYC parade. Last year, an officer broke his leg in similar circumstances. Luckily, neither of these injuries were life threatening, and both officers survived, able to police future parades.
There’s a lesson to be learned by these examples, though. Be careful to not get carried away in your jubilation. Be mindful of those around you, and try to not let the boisterous and celebratory atmosphere of a parade cause personal recklessness. If you do your part in remaining vigilant and behaving in a cautious manner, you will help ensure the safety of those around you. Any parade that doesn’t end in injury is sure to be enjoyed more thoroughly by all.
New York City Parades
New York is so heterogeneous and so diverse that most months feature more than one major parade! Below is a partial list, comprised of some of the parades that NYC is most famous for.
- The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade: We can start with one of the most famous parades in the world, a parade so nationally visible and so universally popular that watching it live has become something of a tradition in many American households. Known for its flotilla of floating cartoon balloons and its Santa-cameo finale, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a New York institution beloved by the entire country.
- The LGBT Pride March: Sometimes referred to as simply the “Pride Parade,” the LGBT Pride March commemorates the enduring struggles faced by members of the LGBT community during their persistent fight for equality. The Stonewall Tavern, which was the site of an infamous police raid that has since become a keystone landmark due to its part in sparking the Gay Rights Movement, is one of the highlights on this parade route.
- The St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Did you know that the NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade is the oldest civilian parade in the world? Its timeless legacy and fervent participation-rate among New Yorkers makes the day of the St. Patrick’s Parade one of the city’s craziest. Spectators and marchers alike come out in droves, clad in green, to recognize and celebrate Irish-American culture.
- The African-American Day Parade: Originating during the Civil Rights Movement, the African-American Day Parade is now held every September to honor those who fought and died for equal rights among races and to promote African-American pride in America.
- The Puerto-Rican Day Parade: Over 4 million Puerto Ricans currently reside within the United States and each year, 5th avenue plays host to a massive celebratory parade that pays homage to Puerto Rican culture. The Puerto Rican Day parade is always patronized by a slew of celebrities and politicians.
- The Veterans Day Parade: Continuing New York City’s tendency to be the biggest and best when it comes to parades, its Veterans Day Parade registers as the largest Veterans Day event in the country. On this day, we Americans honors those, both living and dead, who served in our armed forces and helped defend our rights.
- New York’s Village Halloween Parade: A parade famous for its elaborate pageantry, the Village Halloween Parade truly is a sight to behold. Circus performers, costumed-dancers, puppeteers, and local Halloween-lovers alike flood the streets of Greenwich Village each October for this nationally televised event.
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Public safety is a city-wide concern. Have you or a loved one been injured, due to what you felt was an insufficient amount of safety officials or police officers at a city-sponsored event? Was your injury caused by negligence or malfeasance on the part of an administrator or higher-up? If you’ve been hurt at all in a public setting, you may be entitled to sue for compensation that will help provide for your medical expenses. Contact Kaplan Lawyers PC today, and we’ll set up a free and easy consultation. During the consultation, we’ll introduce you to our helpful and professional staff, and begin mounting a strong defense on your behalf. If you’ve been hurt, do not delay, contact us immediately.
We implore you to parade safely! But accidents happen, and when they do, you should call Kaplan Lawyers PC.