The 43rd Annual African American Day Parade in Harlem this Sunday

This Sunday, September 16th, the 43rd Annual African American Day Parade will start at 1:00 P.M. on 111th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Blvd and head up to 136th Street.  The first African American Day Parade, held in September 1969, was lead by Grand Marshal Congressman Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.  and this year’s 2012 parade will feature several Grand Marshals, including former New York Gov. David Paterson, former NYC Mayor David Dinkins, Rev. Al Sharpton, Dr. Adelaide Sanford, Congressman Charles Rangel, William Thompson and Lillian Roberts.

“The purpose of the parade is to provide an opportunity for African people to join together on a Special Day to highlight our history and salute African people throughout America and the world for their outstanding achievements. The parade promotes unity, dignity and pride. The parade extends a special arena for organizations, dignitaries, celebrities, community leaders and bands to showcase positive accomplishments for the motivation of African people to achieve higher goals.”

African American Day Parade

Expect perfect weather for this year’s African American Day Parade, which will offer the following highlights:

– Showcase Positive Black Achievements 

– Black Dignitaries and Celebrities 

– Queens and Organizations Reflecting African Culture 

– Salute to Black Colleges

– Stop Racism and Racial Profiling 

– Organizations and Bands from 12 States