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Posted: Monday, May 20, 2013 8:27 PM

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The 32nd Anniversary of The Turkish Day Parade and Festival will be held on Saturday, May 18th, 2013 at 12:00. The event is organized by the Federation of Turkish American Associations (FTAA); the oldest and one of the largest Turkish American Umbrella Organizations in the United States.

The Turkish-American Parade and Festival takes place in New York City in the month of May each year. This year, the Parade will begin at 12:00 Noon at 56th street and Madison Avenue and will march down to the Festival area which is located at Dag Hammarskjold Park on 47th street between 1st and 2nd avenue. There will be performances by the Mehter Band (The Oldest Ottoman Military Music Band), Turkish folk dancers, world famous Turkish Pop Singer Serdar Ortac along with performances by Turkic Dance Groups and other outstanding ethnic dance performances during the Turkish Day Parade and Festival. FTAA President Ali Cinar said: “We invite all New Yorkers and people from the Tri-State area to come and enjoy this colorful and amazing event. The Turkish-American Day Parade and Festival in New York City has been accepted as the greatest and biggest Turkish Cultural event outside of Turkey. FTAA, an umbrella organization which represents more than 1.3 Million Turks of Turkey, Europe, Turkic countries and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus has more than 53 different member associations and more than 200 sister organizations throughout the United States.

The Federation of Turkish American Associations (FTAA) will also be organizing another event during the month of May in NYC in which Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar will be coming to New York’s Grand Central Terminal on Tuesday, May 14th. FTAA President Cinar said “Don’t miss this chance to experience the Turkish Culture and the Grand Bazaar at its best at Grand Central Terminal on Tuesday, May 14th and have a chance to enjoy authentic Turkish food, enter raffles to win amazing prizes and experience the warmth of one of the oldest cultures in the world. Look out for flyers the week before the event for a schedule of the events taking place on Tuesday, May 14th.”

Brooklyn will also get a taste of the Turkish Culture as the FTAA will be organizing the “Brooklyn Turkish Cultural Celebration” event on Thursday, May 16th starting at 5PM at Brooklyn Borough Hall. You can enjoy complimentary authentic Turkish foods prepared by local Turkish Restaurants; enjoy folk dance groups and many more surprises. We thank the Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz for helping us host this event in the heart of Brooklyn.

Can’t get enough Turkish Food? For the first time ever, we are launching the “Turkish Restaurant Week”. Some of your favorite restaurants in the Tri-State area will be offering a 15% discount between May 13th and May 20th. You can see the list of restaurants and print out the discount coupon at www.ftaa.org.

We are proud to partner with many of our sponsors for these events and would like to thank them all including our main sponsors; Turkish Airlines and Istanbul 2020. Istanbul is a candidate city to host the 2020 Olympics and we couldn’t be more proud.

About the FTAA

The Federation of Turkish American Associations, Inc., based in New York City, a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization, was established in 1956 for the purpose of uniting and supporting the Turkic community within the United States. Since its conception, it has successfully established a vital link between the Turkic and the American communities. The Federation has evolved with the changing times and has expanded in size, membership and purpose. Today, the Federation is an umbrella organization consisting of over 53 member associations with a majority of these groups located in the Northeast region of the United States.

The Federation also strives to provide maximum exposure of Turkic culture, music, history and overall knowledge of Turkey to the U.S. public. This is achieved through cultural activities and other public relations activities throughout the United States.

FTAA organizes the biggest and largest Turkish Cultural event outside of Turkey in mid-May of every year. FTAA also organizes social, educational and networking events nationwide.


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