Edison, NJ - The Fifth Annual Pakistan Day Parade in New Jersey will be celebrated on Sunday, August 18th at 1:00 pm. The parade will run along Oak Tree Road, starting in Iselin at Middlesex Avenue, and will end with a concert off of Wood Ave in Edison.
Last year’s parade attracted a crowd of over 20,000, drawing spectators from Boston to Washington D.C., and parade organizers stated that they expect this year’s event to be similarly successful. It is considered to be the largest Pakistan Day Parade in the country, said organizers.
The parade is an annual celebration of Pakistani-Americans, their culture, and contributions to the United States. NJ Governor Phil Murphy is slated to attend, along with Congressman Frank Pallone, and other elected officials. They will be joined by famous Pakistani movie stars and musicians as well as the new Consul General of Pakistan, Ayesha Farooqui. Also attending will be Edison Democratic Party Chairman Shariq Ahmad, the first Pakistani-American ever elected to that position.
A traditional Pakistani breakfast of halwa/puri will be provided for free at 11am at the start of the parade route. A musical concert is scheduled to start at 4:00pm at the end of the parade route in Edison behind the Burger King on Oak Tree Road and Wood Ave. There will be various performances including those by artists Shazia Manzoor and Nirmal Roy.
The Parade festivities will include Pakistani Food, jewelry and clothing stalls, face painting, floats, and a Car Rally. The entire event is free and open to all residents.