In a celebration of diversity and inclusion New Yorkers from more than 80 countries turned up in Cadman Plaza behind Borough Hall for Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams’ 4th annual International Day of Friendship celebration.
The festivities commenced with the Unity Parade of Flags down Fulton Mall from its intersection with Flatbush Avenue toward Brooklyn Borough Hall, where participants linked in a symbolic circle of friendship around Borough Hall, the “People’s House.”
The event featured dancers, drummers, and stilt walkers as well as a series of artistic performances from a wide variety of local groups representing cultures from around the globe, as well as a free taste of international cuisine from local food trucks.
For the first time, this event also featured a Global Village, including tents from countries around the world showcasing their cultures, cuisines, and customs; visitors will be able to have an interactive experience in each of these tents to feel, hear, and see unique cultural artifacts and stories.
International Day of Friendship marked the signature event in Borough President Adams’ “Embrace Your Hyphen” campaign that encourages Americans to honor their diversity. Participants emphasized the importance of multiculturalism in Brooklyn and its central place as a founding pillar of America.