New Yorkers have joined Yemenis to celebrate their 5th Annual Yemeni American Day Parade.
According to the organizers, the parade, which was held on Saturday July 29th, to appreciate the Yemeni culture, and to shed light on its contribution to the United States.
The grand marshal for the parade was Hamtramck Mayor Ameer Ghalib,
Yemeni American mayor in Muslim majority city of Hamtramck.
Speaking at the event, Assemblyman Nader Sayegh shared his experiences in the Bronx.
“We are a community that came to this city, to this state. We worked hard. We promoted family values, tradition and culture,” the New York state assemblyman said.
“As a New York state assemblyman, I am an immigrant from Jordan. And when I came from Jordan, like every one of you. We worked in restaurants; we worked in the service industry.
“We went on to medical schools and law schools and profession, and we became a fabric of this great nation.
“So today to celebrate Yemeni American culture and heritage makes me very proud. Being a representative of Yonkers New York, I’ve had the privilege of working with many Yemeni Americans,” he added.
Also speaking at the event, Bronx District Attorney Hon. Darcel Clark, commended the organizer of the event Mr. Yahay Obeid.
“It’s an honor and privilege to be your district attorney. I have been here since the beginning because I know how important this community is to the Bronx, adding to our diversity and our vibrancy,” she stated.
“As your district attorney, I’m gonna continue to do all I can to make sure that our communities remain safe, that little Yemen is safe, and you know, you know that you can always count on me for that. So thank you. Enjoy your Yemen, American brave, and your day. God bless you all.”
The parade was attended by the Yemeni Ambassador to the United States Mohamed Alhadrami as well as the Yemeni Consular to the United States.
Elected Officials included the Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark, State Senator Nathalia Fernandez, and NY Assemblyman Nader Sayegh.
Gene DeFrancis from the Allerton International Merchants Association was also in attendance to celebrate with the community.