NYC Japan Day Parade Street Closures

MANHATTAN, NY (PIX11) — Saturday’s inaugural Japan Day Parade is expected to draw large crowds in New York City.

The event aims to celebrate and recognize Japanese culture and history, promote friendship between the United States and Japan, and strengthen the solidarity of the Japanese-American community, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan said. George Takei will serve as the grand marshall of the parade. The opening ceremony starts at 12:30 PM, while the parade starts at 1:00 PM

In light of the day’s festivities, many Manhattan streets will be closed. The city’s Department of Transit has released a full list of streets that people across the city should pay attention to to avoid traffic.

The following Manhattan streets are completely closed at the discretion of the NYPD, according to the Department of Transit:

  • Central Park West between West 86th Street and West 84th Street
  • West 85th Street – West 81st between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue
  • Central Park West between West 86th Street and West 66th Street
  • West 72nd Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue
  • Central Park West between West 68th Street and West 69th Street
  • West 68th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue
  • West 68th Street between Columbus Avenue and Broadway
  • West 69th Street between Central Park West and Broadway
  • West 72nd Street and West 71st Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue
  • West 67th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue

The parade, which is free and open to everyone, is followed by a street market with authentic Japanese food stalls.

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