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African American Day Parade

African American Day

Photo Credit: PJ Smith/Wall Street Journal
The 2018 Parade will be held on Sunday, September 16th.
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The African-American Day Parade is held in late September in Harlem. It was founded in the spring of 1968, and Harlem was chosen as the venue due to its large representation of African-American people. Established as an independent organization, the parade does not accept contributions and is based on volunteerism. Its route spans across 111th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard, proceeding to 142nd Street and then turning right to Fifth Avenue.

The first Parade was marched in September 1969, and its Grand Marshall was Congressman Adam Clayton Powell Jr.

The African-American Parade is a huge multi-colored event with everything in it: richly adorned floats, incredible costumes, dazzling dancers and variety of music from soca to reggae, ragga and soul.

The purpose of the parade is to provide an opportunity for African-American people to join together on a special day to celebrate their history and achievements. The Parade provides place for organizations, dignitaries, celebrities, community leaders and bands. It is recognized as a national parade with representatives and organizations from 12 states. In 2009, the parade had a record attendance of nearly 1 million viewers.

Some of the famous Grand Marshalls of the past Parades include: Denzel Washington, Congressman Adam Clayton Powell Jr., Mayor David Dinkins, and Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm. Musical celebrities also regularly participate in the parade.

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