The Sikh community brought color and culture to Manhattan's Madison Square Park on Saturday.
Parade-goers marched under brilliant sunshine to celebrate Vaisakhi Day, a holiday that marks the birth of Sikh society, as well as the day farmers give thanks for their harvests.
Some marchers were in a celebratory mood, while others used the occasion as a time to call for attention to specific causes.
The parade evoked strong feelings for many in the crowd.
"A whole swath of memories from 1984, when the Sikh community had a lot of difficulties in India, to 9/11, when the city had a lot of difficulties. So I think it's embraced a lot of political issues," said Navina Hakel, an onlooker.
Sikhs in the United States say they are often mistaken for Muslims.
Those who attended the parade said this event gives them a chance to show off what makes them unique.