African American Day Parade

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African American day parade(2017)
Police band within the African American day parade (2017)

The African American Day Parade in Harlem is held every September, typically with participants from at least 12 states.[1] It is one of the largest African American parades. It begins in Harlem on West 110th Street and Lenox ave and goes north along Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard (7th Ave.) ending at West 136th Street.

Participants come from throughout New York City and the U.S. and include One Hundred Black Men, 100 Black Women, Brotherhood of Grand Lodges, Prince Hall Grand Lodge, National Action Network, Ancient Egyptian Order, National Society of Black Engineers, National Association of Black Accountants, NAACP, New York Urban League, Spirit of Hope-Cancer Survivors, New York Black Nurses, 369th Veterans' Association, Grand Council of Guardians, Committee For A Slavery Memorial, Millions For Reparations, Vulcan Society, African American Benevolent Society, Association of Black Social Workers, Masjid Malcolm Shabazz, Muhammad Mosque No. 7, Yorubas of North America, organizations of the National Pan-Hellenic Council, colleges, labor unions, and religious groups, and social fraternal and sororal groups.[2]


African American flag typically refereed to as the RBG flag. red representing the blood of African Americans, black representing the skin of African people, and green symbolizing the earth.

The African American Day Parade was founded during the Civil Rights Movement in 1968. The main mission of the parade is to inspire a world where African Americans proclaim independence within our communities in the areas of Business, education, health, arts/culture & politics/government[3]. The parade typically has a large viewing audience, and a large contingent of dignitaries, celebrities, bands, community leaders and elected officials attend. Past Grand Marshals have included Denzel Washington, Congressman Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., Mayor David Dinkins, Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm, Johnnie Cochran, Spike Lee, Queen Mother Moore, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Paul Winfield, Melba Moore and many others.[2]


  1. ^ Digital Illusion Media. "History - African American Day Parade Online". Archived from the original on 2014-03-01. Retrieved 2014-03-01. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  2. ^ a b African American Day Parade News Archived 2014-03-01 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "ABOUT". African American Day Parade, Inc. Retrieved 2018-10-16.

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