NEW YORK —An impressive array of Korean martial artists, marching bands, ornate attire, traditional dancers and fantastic floats will travel down Sixth Avenue from 38th Street to 27th Street as the Korean Parade & Festival celebrates its 30th anniversary on Saturday. Congressman Charles B. Rangel and Governor David A. Paterson will serve as Grand Marshals and participate with other notables in a large-scale Korean cooking demonstration of bibimbap (beef and mixed vegetable rice). The Korean Parade, which runs from 12:00 pm. until 2:00 p.m., is presented by the Korean American Association of Greater New York (KAAGNY) with the support of lead corporate sponsor theKorea Times.The event is additionally sponsored by the Seoul Metropolitan Government, Overseas Koreans Foundation, the Korean Cultural Service New York, the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in New York and Busan Cultural Foundation.
Under the banner “A Taste of Seoul,” the Korean Parade & Festival will help New Yorkers sample the rich culture, food and art of South Korea, offering a hint of what is available in capital city Seoul.
A dramatic display of 136 peace envoys from South Korea in full traditional regalia representing Joseon Tongsinsa, goodwill missions sent fromKorea to Japan in centuries past, will be a part of the parade.
The event includes a Music Festival (electric violinist Eugene Park, The Korean Channel’s Singing Contest, a B-Boy (break dancer) contest, Samulnori, a performance of Korean folk percussion, and more); a Kids Korner with family fun; and a Food Festival and Street Fair. At 12:30 politicians and other notables will cook a popular Korean dish at 32nd Street & Broadway.