Nowruz, the Persian New Year, has been celebrated for 3,000 years and remains an important holiday in Afghanistan, Iran and the countries of Central Asia. It is widely celebrated in the United States as well. The New York Persian Parade has been celebrating Nowruz in downtown New York City since 2004. The parade, which takes place along 12 blocks of Madison Avenue in Manhattan, features floats, live music, dancers and marchers in traditional clothing. People from different cultures and races participate in the parade and enjoy traditional Nowruz food while parade venders sell rose tea, jewelry, rugs and handicrafts.
Above, participants march in the 2006 New York Persian Parade.