Yemeni-American Parade

Third Annual Yemini-American Parade in Morris Park

By Robert Press

The 2019 Yemini-American Parade was a huge success, and people were looking for even more the next year, but due to COVID-19 the 2020 Yemini-American parade was a parade of cars with no one marching. 

With the city and country opening up for the July 4th celebration, it was decided to have the third Annual Yemini-American Parade across Rhinelander Avenue, as was done in 2019. The parade began at Mathews Avenue and went to White Plains Road, but this year it turned left at White Plains Road, going to Morris Park Avenue. At Morris Park Avenue the parade went to Hunt Avenue to finish up on Rhinelander Avenue in front of the Bronx Muslim Center. 

The parade was led by two NYPD horses and the NYPD marching band in a show of support for the Bronx Muslim community. Next came the elected officials led by Councilwoman, and future Bronx Borough President Vanessa Gibson, Congressman Ritchie Torres, Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark, State Senator Gustavo Rivera, Assemblywoman Nathalia Fernandez, Bronx Community Board 11 Chair Al D’Angelo, future City Councilwomen Amanda Frias and Marjorie Velazquez, other community leaders, along with hundreds of Yemini-American marchers happy to be there dressed in traditional Yemen attire.  

Two NYPD horses led the Third Annual Yemini-American parade, followed by the NYPD marching band in a show of support for the Bronx Yemini community.

The marchers stop for a moment as the Yemen flag is unveiled in front of them. (L – R) are Community Board 7 District Manager Ischia Bravo, Allerton Merchants Association President Gene De Francis, Congressman Ritchie Torres, CB 11 Chair Al D’Angelo, Ardmir Malziu Representing Councilman Mark Gjonaj, Bronx DA Darcel Clark, Future Bronx BP Councilwoman Vanessa Gibson, Assemblywoman Nathalia Fernandez, State Senator Gustavo Rivera is behind Councilwoman Gibson, as is future City Council members Amanda Frias and Marjorie Velazquez, also in the back is John Doyle of Jacobi Hospital.   

The high point of the parade was when the marchers turned onto White Plains Road, where Yahay Obeid, a leader of the Yemini-American community in full Yemen attire stood for this photo.

After the parade members of the Yemini-American community gathered in the street to continue the very successful Third Annual Yemini-American event.  

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