by Shamecca Harris
How do you ignore a parade of tens of thousands of people in the heart of New York City? Just like this.
Sunday (Sept. 21) marked the 45th annual African American Day parade in Central Harlem and while tens of thousands of local Harlem residents, city politicians and folks who just appreciate a good ole parade showed up for afternoon festivities, very little fuss has been made over the event in local and national news coverage.
Yet, despite the lack of media presence at the parade, attendees insisted that the rally just up the road did not overshadow the day’s events with many admitting they hadn’t even heard of the People’s Climate March.
“This is New York,” Chris Waters, 40, told the Columbia Spectator, “They have multiple things going on at the same time.”
“We came here to return and celebrate our African pride,” he added. “It’s fantastic. It’s like a big, huge collaboration.”
And that it was. From a procession of Black firefighters and public officials to Black superheroes and high school marching bands, the African American Parade was, as its always been, a vibrant and musical display of Black Pride and community.
But, we didn’t need a news crew to tell you that.
Find out more about the African American Day Parade at africanamericanparade.org.
Photo Credit: Millie Christie for Spectator
Shamecca Harris is New York based writer and lifestyle journalist with a particular interest in style and entertainment. She has a BA in English from Georgetown University and has written for both print and online publications including XXL Magazine, Global Grind, ABCNews.com and The Huffington Post. For updates and tidbits on all things Shamecca, catch her on Twitter or Facebook as @shamexa.