PATERSON, NJ- Residents lined Broadway from the Masonic Temple to Eastside Park on Saturday to watch the annual African Heritage Parade pass by with floats, drumlines, community organizations, local dignitaries, fire trucks and police vehicles, and more.
The event, held since 2006, is a celebration of "our heritage, our vision, our future," Deacon Thomas Crawford, the founding president of the organization that hosts the parade each year said previously. Calling it a "cultural celebration" Crawford said that it is meant to "mark the achievements of people of African descent."
Parade Committee President Ada Pugh told TAPinto Paterson it is held the third Saturday of May to coincide with the celebration of Juneteenth, a holiday recognized in 45 states, including New Jersey, that commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans.
Zellie Imani and Talena Lachelle Queen led the parade serving as Grand Marshals along with Reverend Jason Rogers as deputy grand marshal and Honorary Grand Marchal Rev. Frederick Harold LaGarde.
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