Dubbed the “Largest Black Parade in America,” the 48th annual African-American Day Parade is set to take place Sunday, Sept. 17, at 1 p.m. in Harlem. The parade starts at West 111th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard and continues to West 136th Street. Black dignitaries and celebrities along with kings and queens of Black organizations are being featured. Floats and marching bands are coming from 12 states. This year’s parade will honor African-American health professionals. Grand marshals include eminent psychologist Dr. Jeff Gardere, Dr. Carol Brown of Memorial Hospital, Dr. Rob Core of Kings County Hospital and Dr. Aletha Maybank of the New York City Department of Health. The day will begin with the annual breakfast for the African-American Day Parade at 8 a.m. at Harlem Tavern hosted by County Leader Keith Wright.
The African-American Day Parade was founded in 1968 by two organizations, Afro-American Day and the United Federation of Black Community Organizations. The parade is held every third Sunday in September and each year is viewed by approximately 700,000 spectators.
“The African-American Day Parade was formed as a not-for-profit organization with the purpose of promoting unity, integrity and excellence amongst African-Americans,” organizers said in a statement. “It provides a platform for multisectors of the community to come together and celebrate our heritage, talents and accomplishments, while also honoring our ancestors on this special day.”
Go to www.africanamericandayparade.org for more information.