African American Day Parade

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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 at West 111th Street and goes north along Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard (7th Ave.) ending at West 142nd 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]


The African American Day Parade was founded during the Civil Rights Movement in 1968. 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] The goal of the parade is to showcase Black pride in America.


  1. ^ Digital Illusion Media. "History - African American Day Parade Online". Retrieved 2014-03-01. 
  2. ^ a b African American Day Parade News

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