10 things to know about the African American Day Parade

AmNews Staff Reports | 9/14/2018, 3:13 p.m.
Here are some things you should know before going to the parade.
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Organizers are gearing up for the 49th Annual African-American Day Parade set for Sunday, Sept. 16 in Harlem. Before you head to the festivities, here are some things you need to know.

1. You can listen to it on the radio.

Can’t make it to the parade? No problem. This year’s African African Day Parade is being broadcast on 107.5 FM WBLS Radio 103.9 FM. The stations are partners for this year’s parade. Reviewing stand announcers are comedian Talent and Dr. Bob Lee from WBLS.

2. An HBCU marching band is leading the parade.

Clark Atlanta University's Might Marching Panthers


Clark Atlanta University's Might Marching Panthers

Watch for the Clark Atlanta University Mighty Marching Panthers. Clark Atlanta's band is one of several marching bands participating in the parade.

3. The grand marshals are some familiar faces.

This year's grand marshals are major media and entertainment personalities. Watch out for Dance Theatre of Harlem founder Arthur Mitchell, Spectrum News NY1 anchor Cheryl Wills, radio personality Tom Joyner, WBLS and WLIB news director Anne Tripp and hip-hop pioneer Doug E. Fresh.

4. Felicia Temple will sing the Black National Anthem

Felicia Temple

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Felicia Temple

Best known for her appearance on "The Voice," Felicia Temple is kicking off the parade singing "Lift Every Voice and Sing" at the 125th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard reviewing stand at 1 p.m.

5. Be sure to wave to the politicians.

The parade is falling just days after the state primary election and the politicians will be out in full force. Expect to see Mayor Bill de Blasio, former Mayor David Dinkins, former Congressman Charlie Rangel, Assemblymember Inez Dickens and others. Public Advocate Letitia James is expected to be in attendance after winning the Democratic nomination in the state Attorney General's race.

6. Be sure to get there early.

The parade kicks off at 1pm and starts from 111th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard and heads down to 136th Street. It’s best to secure your spot early before the parade starts so you can see.

7. Culture takes the spotlight for this year’s theme.

Performers from The Black and Gold Marching Elite showing off their skills at the 2014 African American Day Parade. Sept 21, 2014.

Performers from The Black and Gold Marching Elite showing off their skills at the 2014 African American Day Parade. Sept 21, 2014.

The theme for this year's parade is "Culture is Key" honoring organizations and individuals who have made contributions to African American culture in the arts, technology, fashion, media, sports and more.

8. You’ll see your family, friends and neighbors IN the parade.

Officials said that over 200 organizations from including the National Action Network, NAACP and the Urban League along with churches, labor unions, colleges, sororities and fraternities are participating in the parade. So, if you see someone you know walking the route, give them a shout!

9. The weather is suppose to be nice.

Sunday's forecast is calling for sunny skies with a high near 80. Be sure to bring water.

10. Have fun!

The African-American Day Parade is a day where the community can come together for celebration and pride for our culture. Bring your family, see old friends and let’s make this the best parade ever!