Atlanta celebrates big with Black History Month Parade
Atlanta, GA (BlackNews.com) â€“ Thousands of spectators looked in awe as the Black History Month Parade, which stretched more than a mile long, marched down one of the most historically significant streets in African-American history.
The 2014 Black History Month Parade featured more than 100 groups that participated including major groups such as the NAACP, SCLC, Girl Scouts, YWCA, Dancing Dolls, Red Hatters, motorcycle clubs, car clubs, celebrities and pro athletes along with phenomenal marching bands, amazing Caribbean stilt-walkers, special guest and intriguing mascots where all a part of the acumination of excitement.
“The Black History Month Parade brings a diverse representation of Black culture to celebrate together,” stated Georgia State Senator Valencia Seay. “This is an exciting and family oriented event that highlights the talents of the community and other groups…I applaud the spirit of inclusion of this event by the participation of groups from across the nation as well as outside of the United States,” she adds.
â€œWe had the experience of a lifetime and look forward to bringing the entire marching band next timeâ€ adds, Mr. Wendell McDonald, director of the Legend Marching Band, that traveled all the way from Freeport, Bahamas to participate in the Black History Month Parade.
Spectators of all ages including children and an elderly women 102 years old had the opportunity to enjoy the Black History Month Parade and itâ€™s special guest that included Lil Scrappy, Latoya London, Robert Jackson and a host of other guest such as Ms. Black US Ambassador, Black Diamond Showstoppers, Pro United Foundation, Bamzy Baby and Mop Top the Hip-Hop Scientist.
Auburn Avenue once coined as the richest negro street in the world, is home to more black-owned businesses and organizations than any other area. Auburn Avenue is located in the heart of national historic site Martin Luther King, Jr. Sweet Auburn District and is home to the King Center, the Martin Luther King, Jr. & Coretta Scott King tomb site, Prince Hall Masons, SCLC Women, the King birth home, Dobbs plaza and many other historic organizations and attractions.
The Sweet Auburn District was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1976 and is also known as an entertainment hub which has hosted many different events such as the Atlanta Caribbean Carnival, The Sweet Auburn Springfest and is often visited by notables such as President Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Al Sharpton, Jessie Jackson and home of civil rights legends Rev. Joseph Lowery and Congressman John Lewis.
“This year’s parade was an impressive display of unity, pride and celebration, we are real pleased with the turn-out,” expressed Earl Little, founder/ director of the Black History Month Parade. “We anticipate a larger show of participation as the parade grows, which it does tremendously every year, so we want to invite all to participate, to sponsor and support this great event,â€ adds Khalil Islam VP of the Black History Month Parade Committee.
The 2015 Black History Month Parade is scheduled for Saturday, February 28, 2015. For more information please visit www.BlackHistoryMonthParade.com for details.