Chairman of the Turkish American Association Foundation (TADF) President Ali Çınar has announced that preparations for the Turkish Day March and Festival are currently ongoing at full speed. The march will be held on May 19th and will begin from the corner of Manhattan's Madison Avenue and 56th Street and will end at the Dag Hammarskjold Park, located next to the Türkevi.
They are currently exerting intense promotional efforts in order to draw interest from Americans for this year's Turkish Day March, explains Çınar, who states that they have already begun placing ads in newspapers such as the New York Times, Daily News, Metro New York and Village Voice as well as have made a number of short presentations on two different American television stations' morning programs. In addition, Çınar explains that they will be distributing brochures detailing the event in Times Square as well as in a number of touristic destinations.
Explaining that the General Staff's Janissary Band will be participating in the march, Çınar states that the Turkish Day March and Festival will be important not only in joining the Turkish community but also in terms of promoting Turkey in the United States.
According to Çınar, Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdağ, Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Naci Koru as well as a number of Turkish MP's and high-level bureaucrats will be attending the march. Çınar also states that they are expecting Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan to also join in the festivities.
Following the march, festivities will be held at Dag Hammarskjold Park and will include performances by Ege, Burak Kut, Demet Sağıroğlu and Eşref İncioğlu. The festival will also showcase performances by the Ankara Municipality's Folk Dances Group and Istanbul University's Conservatory.