QUEENS, NY — The Organizing Committee of the 32nd Annual Phagwah Parade has announced the postponement of the event.
A statement from the committee said it has been closely monitoring the situation regarding the spread of Covid-19 within New York City, and its environs. In the wake of recent developments, the committee has decided to postpone the parade scheduled for Sunday March 22, 2020 to a date later in the year.
“The top priority of the Committee is the safety and well-being of everyone in the community, and going ahead with the Parade, as planned, would jeopardize the health of our supporters and the entire New York City,” the committee said in the statement. “We urge everyone to follow the advice of the health authorities and be safe.”
The Phagwah Parade is an annual event held in Richmond Hill, Queens. Thousands of Hindus and other Caribbean nationals gather for the event, which kicks off on Liberty Avenue and culminates at the Phil Rizzuto Park.