Newark today announced street closures for the 51st Annual African American Heritage Parade, to be held Sunday, May 27 starting on Broad Street and Lincoln Park at 1:30 p.m.


Between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Sunday, the following streets will be closed to traffic:

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  • Broad Street between Chestnut and Murray Streets
  • Pennington Street between Broad and Orchard Streets
  • Tichenor Street between Broad and Orchard Streets
  • South Street between Pennsylvania Avenue and Orchard Street
  • Thomas Street between Broad and Austin Streets
  • Parkhurst Street between Pennsylvania Avenue and Austin Street
  • Gillette Place between Pennsylvania Avenue and Broad Street

The parade will proceed northbound on Broad Street to Lafayette Street and then proceed eastbound on Lafayette Street, ending between Broad and Mulberry Streets. Traffic will be allowed to cross the parade route on Market Street and on East and West Kinney streets during breaks in the parade. Drivers should expect delays.

Mayor Ras J. Baraka will lead the annual African-American Heritage Parade while RWJBarnabas Health Executive Vice President and Chief Corporate Affairs Officer Michellene Davis will serve as the Grand Marshal. The parade grandstand will be located in front of the steps of City Hall on Broad Street.

The parade is the state’s largest celebration of African-American heritage and culture. This year’s theme is “Passing the Torch: Reach, Teach and Encourage.”  

The parade is the highlight event of the African-American Heritage Festival, which takes place in Weequahic Park in Newark’s South Ward over the weekend. 

The festival offers a Health and Social Service Pavilion featuring health care providers and a variety of non-profit organizations to educate the public on health issues affecting the African-American community. 

There will also be family entertainment and an array of activities, including carnival rides, giant balloons, vendors, games, a petting zoo, pony rides, skydivers, a health pavilion, marching bands, and live entertainment.

The event is also honoring the following individuals this year: Tai Cooper, Khary Orr Leadership Awardee; Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter, Public Service Heritage Awardee; Max Bruny, Labor Heritage Awardee; Reverend A. Mitchell, Sr., Interfaith Leadership & Community Service Awardee; Lorna Romans, Culture Heritage Awardee.