African American Day Parade marches through Harlem

Cyril Josh Barker | 9/18/2016, 6 p.m.
Dubbed the “Largest Black Parade in America,” thousands came out for the 46th Annual African-American Day Parade on Sunday in ...
2016 African American Day Parade committee Bill Moore photo

Dubbed the “Largest Black Parade in America,” thousands came out for the 47th Annual African-American Day Parade on 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

Floats and marching bands came from 12 states including the Howard University Showtime Marching Band. This year’s parade honored the African-American educators.

The day kicked off with the 15th 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 Vy Higginsen, Executive Director of the Mama Foundation for the Arts, Harlem Children's Zone CEO Anne Williams Isom and famed education advocate Dr. Steve Perry. New York County Supreme Court Justice Tanya R. Kennedy, World of Money Youth Financial Education Institute CEO Sandra Lamb and Rev. Dr. Carl R. Washington Jr., Pastor of the United Missionary Baptist Church

A number of organizations are participated in this year’s parade including the National Action Network, the NAACP and the Urban League along with churches, labor unions, colleges, sororities and fraternities.