Parade, festival celebrate black heritage

first_imgBooths and vendors formed a ring around a field and included displays by AT&T, Wells Fargo, Safeco Insurance, Pasadena City College, H&R Block, the Brazilian Cultural Foundation, Miller Brewing Company, AARP and City of Pasadena Water and Power. There were rides and games for children and, for those in need of nourishment, booths selling Louisiana Catfish, Bill’s Chicken, Brother’s Bar-B-Que and Bessie’s Daughters Soulful Tacos were just a few steps away. [email protected] (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4475160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The parade started at 10 a.m. at Charles White Park at Ventura Street and Fair Oaks Avenue in Altadena and snaked its way down Fair Oaks to Robinson Park at Hammond Street. Celebrity guests included actress, radio and television personality Mother Love, actor James Reynolds from the soap opera “Days of Our Lives,” KTLA Morning News anchor Michaela Pereira, KNBC News co-anchor Furnell Chatman and KNBC Weekend Edition co-anchor Beverly White. “I enjoyed it. I had a great time,” said Roy Hayes of Pasadena. “It gets bigger every year, and I hope it just gets bigger, bigger and bigger.” “I thought the parade was nice, especially because my daughters were in the parade,” said Barshana Stillman of Pasadena. “They were in the Devine Diamondettes, so I thought it was nice. The weather was great and it was a nice turnout.” The festival featured performances by pop star Evelyn “Champagne” King and jazz and reggae bands. • Photo Gallery: 25th Annual Black History Parade PASADENA – A mix of barbecue smoke, music, voices and laughter filled the air over Robinson Park at the festival that followed Saturday’s 25th annual Black History Parade. “Uniting Our Community through Pride and Commitment” was the parade theme, which celebrated the achievements and contributions of African Americans to American society. The grand marshal was actress and singer Irene Cara, who appeared in the films “Fame” and “Sparkle.” Community grand marshals were Tecumseh Shackelford and, posthumously, Ed Bryant and Michael Zinzun. last_img

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