Revelers line streets for African-American Day Parade
Cyril Josh Barker | 9/24/2015, 2:14 p.m.
Thousands came out for what is dubbed the “Largest Black Parade in America,” the 46th annual African-American Day Parade Sunday in Harlem.
The parade started at West 111th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard and proceeded to West 136th Street. Black dignitaries and celebrities, along with kings and queens of Black organizations, were featured.
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Several politicians were out waving to constituents, including Rep. Charlie Rangel, City Council Member Inez Dickens and former Mayor David Dinkins.
Floats and marching bands came from 12 states, including the Lincoln University Orange Crush Marching Band from Pennsylvania. This year’s parade honored the African-American business community.
The day kicked off with the 14th annual African-American Day Parade Breakfast at Harlem Tavern. Speakers included Assemblyman Keith Wright, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Public Advocate Letitia James.
Grand marshals for the parade were Henry Carter of Wheelchair Charities, restaurateur Melba Wilson, NAACP New York State Conference President Hazel Dukes, Tom Joyner, Pat Stevenson of the Harlem News Group, Clifford James of Unity Funeral Home, Robert Horsford of Apex Building Group and New York Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie.
Organizations that participated in this year’s parade included the National Action Network, the NAACP and the Urban League, along with churches, labor unions, colleges, sororities and fraternities.