BAFA Parkchester Parade

BAFA Parkchester Parade
Photo 4 - A group photo of the dancers. Picture by Robert Press

By Robert Press

BAFA the Bangladesh Academy of Fine Arts celebrated the Bengali New Year with a parade through the streets of Parkchester Sunday afternoon. 

The parade started outside PS 106 on Olmsted Avenue with a police escort from the 43rd. Precinct. The marchers turned right on Starling Avenue to Unionport Road where they moved north for two blocks before turning South on Unionport Road heading back to Starling Avenue. The marchers then went two blocks past Olmsted Avenue to Odell Avenue where the dancing began. 

After celebrating on Odell Avenue the almost 200 marchers asked the police officers who escorted the marchers to join in to take a few photos. Photo 3 - There was dancing on Starling Avenue. Photos by Robert Press.Photo 1 - Princess Mecca leads the parade as the marchers leave PS 106.Photo 2 - The parade as the marchers travel up Unionport Road.Photo 5 - The police officers who escorted the parade marchers were asked to join in for a photo.