A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from June 12, 2005
Turkish Day Parade
The Turkish Day Parade (or, Turkish-American Day Parade) is one of the newer ethnic parades, beginning in the 1980s. It celebrates the modern Turkish state.

http://www.turkishpress.com/news.asp?id=42527
Turkish Day Parade In New York
Published: 5/23/2005
NEW YORK - The 24th Traditional Turkish Day Parade was held in New York, the United States on Saturday.

The parade pioneered by the Federation of Turkish American Associations started from the intersection of 56th Avenue and Madison Avenue and ended at the Dag Hammarksjold Park.

21 April 1984, New York Times, pg. 21:
Turkish-Americans March Today in a Demonstration of New-Found Pride
By MARVIN HOWE

In the past, they preferred the path of quiet anonymity, but today, the Turkish-Americans will parade down Fifth Avenue to celebrate their first Turkish-American Day.

"We've had protest demonstrations before, but this will be our first march to express out national pride, and we hope to make it a permanent event," said Ergun Kirlikovali, spokesman for the Federation of Turkish-American Societies, organizer of the event.

18 May 1990, New York Times, "Parading for Causes" by Andrew L. Yarrow, pg. C4:
In Turkey, May 14th is a special day marking the creation of its modern state. Turkish-Americans will celebrate the holiday tomorrow with a parade down Madison Avenue, beginning at 2 P.M. at 56th Street. The ninth TURKISH-AMERICAN DAY PARADE will move with an array of floats down the avenue to 47th Street, where it will turn and continue to Dag Hammarskjold Plaza. An afternoon of music and folkdancing and speeches by Turkish and American officials will follow. The annual parade and entertainment is sponsored by the Federation of Turkish-American Associations.

Posted by Barry Popik
Holidays/Events/Parades • (0) Comments • Sunday, June 12, 2005 • Permalink