Cheney University Marching Band at the African American Day Parade (162445)
Credit: Bill Moore photo

The 54th Annual African American Day Parade is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 17 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Harlem along Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard.

This year’s parade theme is “Celebrating African American Culture” and will feature floats, marching bands, community-based organizations, civil servants, performance groups, politicians, fraternities and sororities, unions, celebrities and national figures

This is the first African American Day Parade since the passing of the event’s founder Abraham L. Snyder, who died in February at age 87. Last month, Harlem State Sen. Cordell Cleare paid tribute to Snyder at a Senate Resolution Ceremony in Albany. Synder founded the African American Day Parade in 1968 with the Afro-American Day and United Federation of Black Community Organizations. Organizers.

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“Abe Snyder, through his unwavering dedication and selfless service, has left an indelible mark on the community in Harlem,” Cleare said. “As we gather today to honor his memory, let us recognize his tireless efforts in uplifting our community and celebrating our rich heritage. May we carry forward his torch, ensuring that the African American Day Parade continues to serve as a platform for unity, empowerment, and the acknowledgment of outstanding achievements.

Registration is open for those interested in participating in the parade. Go to, email or call 917-294 8107.

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  1. What are we celebrating? What has all this singing and dancing gotten us so far?

    Harlem has been completely bastardized. Every Black community in Brooklyn has been torn apart to accommodate everyone else. Not only have we lost Black communities in NYC, we have no political power. All that hard work and terror our brave brothas and sistas went through in 1960s & 1970s making sure future Black people had equal protection under the law, the right to vote and opportunities, just thrown away. We messed up our 400+ year fight for our Black people by fighting for Black and Brown people.

    These 21st century Black politicians and so-called civil right leaders and organization have completed sold us out.

    The other politicians never did care about the Black community. But hey, keep singing and dancing.

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