African American Day Parade Celebrates Black Excellence, Promotes Government Transparency

This photo series highlights participants and onlookers at the 50th edition of the annual parade.


Talia Rose Barton

A participant holds up his fist, a sign that often is meant to convey solidarity with oppressed peoples.

By Talia Rose Barton, Staff Photographer

The 50th African American Day Parade took place in Harlem this past Sunday afternoon. The annual parade is put together to promote the organizations and individuals that celebrate black excellence, as well as support the strong and thriving black community in New York City and surrounding areas. This year, the theme of the event was “Integrity and Transparency = Good Government.” A range of organizations and individuals marched along Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard, accompanied by Pan-African flags, Black Lives Matter attire and political posters.

Crowds stood to watch the parade and cheer on the marchers. One man watched the parade and filmed the spectacle on his cell phone.
A large group of NYC Clerical Administration employees danced and participated in the parade.
This year’s parade theme was “Integrity and Transparency = Good Government.” Many government agencies were present to show support for the black community.
A clown walked with the parade.
Ms. Snipes told me that every year she dresses up to attend the parade, and she always gets asked to be in photographs.
A large contingent from the NAACP walked and chanted in the parade. As the group walked by, many people in the crowd cheered along.
A group sold T-shirts to protest the deaths of black people at the hands of the police.
A participant holds up his fist, a sign that often is meant to convey solidarity with oppressed peoples.
Onlookers wore shirts or clothing in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Many people made the African American Day Parade a family event. This couple was dressed to celebrate.
Hundreds of police officers lined the street during the parade, in addition to some who walked.
Large crowds gathered in support of the parade, making it difficult to cross to the outside of the event.

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