Coming to Chicago Nowruz Parade be prepared for delighting all your senses- flowers to smell, sweets to taste and delightful music to dance to and fanfare for your eyes. Chicago’ s third annual Nowruz celebration aims to be ecologically “green” and in this effort utilizing horse drawn carriages, bike floats, paddled floats, and hybrid vehicles to cause the least pollution.
On Saturday 31st of March 2012 the Third Annual Chicago Nowruz Parade; stepped off at noon from the Daley Plaza on Washington Street headed to the Illinois State building on Randolph and Clark Street, continuing south on Clark Street to the City Hall, marching south bond to the Federal Plaza on Dearborn and Jackson Boulevard then strolling back to the Daley Plaza.
While Benito Juarez Community Academy’s marching band joined the Chicago Nowruz Parade for the third consecutive year, the Trojan Band from Thomas Kelly High School debuted in the 3rd Annual Chicago Nowruz Parade.
A colorfully magnificent celebration of life, Nowruz is an ancient tradition that commemorates the rebirth of nature with the coming of each Spring. The cosmological and mythological roots of Nowruz communicate a universal optimistic message focusing on the “new day” (the translation of the Persian words “now” and “ruz”). On this “new day” or Nowruz, a bond between family and friends is revitalized and a movement towards relational, environmental, and spiritual rejuvenation defines its glory. Consequently, the countdown to Nowruz occurs in conjunction with the countdown to the vernal equinox and starts off the solar calendar on the first day of Spring.
The universal message of Nowruz speaks to its richness and depth and respect for diversity, hence the reason why this unique holiday has been adapted and eloquently celebrated by all people. Regardless of what faith they have held to be true, those who celebrate Nowruz share the same enthusiasm and sense of belonging. Nowruz has been a distinctive holiday recorded in history that has surpassed religious and national boundaries and material limitations. Thus the soul focus of this opulent celebration is on the dynamics of love and the bond between nature and all that has been created within it.
The Third Chicago Nowruz Parade (CNP3) would not have been possible without the contributions and support of the followings:
Chicago Nowruz Parade (CNP) Advisory Board;
Taher Kameli, principal of Kameli and Associates LLC
Bahareh Sahebi, CNP Spokesperson / Public Relation
Sattar Group, Web Hosting and Site management
Amin Abedi, Graphic design
Fred and Sam Abtahi, Globe Broadcast & Communications
In kind assistance:
Simin Hemmati-Rasmusan, Iran List
Frank Lewis, U of C
Fazi Riahi, Chicago Persian Events
Fred Abtahi, Globe Broadcasting
Chicago Persian School
The Persian Cultural Association of the University of Illinois in Chicago – UIC / PCA
Norma Yanez Dance Group
Nobel Horses and Carriages
Troy Heinzeroth, photography
Chicago Police Department, Special Events
Richard J. Daley Center
Chicago Department of Transportation
Benito Juarez Community Academy, Marching Band
Thomas Kelly High School, Trojan Band - Chicago
Margaret Heinzeroth, Plaza Supervisor
CNP Board of Directors - Parades’ Supervisor
Financial Support and In-kind Contribution:
Kameli, and Associates LLC
Chicagoland Foreign Investment Group LLC
Farzaneh and Abas Fard, Seirra Auto Group
Acumen Law Group
Behnaz & Behroz Shahriari
Cyrus Serry, MD
Faramarz Salimi, MD
Hassan Eghbali, MD
Zoroastrian Association of Metropolitan Chicago
Neda Nabavi, Chicago Shabeh Jomeh
Hamid and Azar Akbari
Fred and Homy Chamanara
Dublins Bar and Grill
Bahram Emami Yeganeh
Jalal Rais-Dana, MD
Public Plaza Inc.
Tony and Barbara Roshangar and Sons
Mohammad Ranjbari, DDS
Reza Khoshnood, DMD, Clark Dental Office
ALI Ekhtera, DDS
Belmont & Western Dental Clinic
Rug Port, Houshang Moradi
678 Partners, LLC
Mina and Ali Setork
Pars Persian Store
Parto Naderi, Creation la beaute
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