|The “Beouf Gras” floats down Canal Street during the Rex
parade on Mardi Gras in New Orleans in 2005; the last
parade before Hurricane Katrina devastated the city.
Urban parades are a form of public celebration in which both the marchers and the spectators express their pride and solidarity in aspects of their identity, such as ethnicity, country, class, and religion. In the 17th and 18th centuries, parades were commonly military reviews restricted to men, which included heavy drinking or commemorations of important national events, such as Independence Day. Ethnic parades began in New York in 1766 when Irish Protestant soldiers celebrated St. Patrick’s Day. By the 1820s and 1830s, a St. Patrick’s Day, run by Irish Roman Catholics became an annual event. In Chicago, parades on July 4th and St. Patrick’s Day became annual events in the 1830s and 1840s.
|Celebrating the defeat of Germany
in World War II, New Yorkers welcome
GeneralDwight D. Eisenhower in the
largest parade ever held in the city,
|One of the many people dressed in colorful costumes for the
2001 West Indian- American Day Carnival in Brooklyn.
|Margarita Madera and her daughter
Michelle take part in the Dominican
Day Parade in New York City in 1989.
Lion dancers perform during Chinese New Year