46th Annual African American Day Parade (PHOTOS/VIDEOS).

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Monday, September 21, 2015. New York City – Yesterday, Sunday, September 20, New Yorkers celebrated the 46th Annual African American Day Parade in Harlem, NYC.

Organizers say on their website, “Our mission is to provide an opportunity to celebrate African-American heritage and join together on a Special Day to honor our history and salute African people throughout the world for their outstanding achievements.”

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This year’s Grand Marshals were: Henry (Hank) Carter, Wheelchair Charities Inc., Melba Wilson, Melba’s Restaurant, Hazel Dukes, NAACP Leader, Tom Joyner, Tom Joyner Morning Show, Pat Stevenson, Harlem News Group Inc., Clifford James, Unity Funeral Chapels, Inc., Robert Horsford, Apex Building Group, Carl E. Heastie, Speaker of NY State Assembly and Amari Avery.

Some of the participant politicians were: Mayor Bill de Blasio, Congressman Charles Rangel, Mayor David Dinkins, Public Advocate Letitia James, Comptroller Scott Stringer.

The first annual African American Day Parade was held on September 15, 1969. The parade was started by two organizations, Afro-American Day and the United Federation of Black Community Oranizations. The founders of the parade are Livingston Wingate and Conrad S. Peter. The first Grand Marshal was Congressman Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.

The parade extends a special arena for organizations, dignitaries, community leaders, celebrities and bands to showcase positive accomplishments for the motivation of African people to achieve higher goals. The parade is classified as a National parade with representatives, organizations and bands from 12 states. It has the widest cross-section of African-American organizations in America.

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