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The original item was published from 2/4/2023 2:46:00 PM to 3/5/2023 12:00:01 AM.

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Posted on: February 4, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Black History Parade and street fair brings community pride and family fun to downtown

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (Feb. 4, 2023) — The streets of downtown Anaheim were filled with African American pride, family fun and community celebration on Saturday as the 43rd annual Orange County Black History Parade & Unity Fair returned.


Thousands of people of all backgrounds lined the streets around City Hall to watch marching bands, step dancing, double Dutch squads, community groups, dignitaries, vintage and exotic cars and more.


A Unity Festival street fair followed the parade with music, food trucks, vendors, a college fair, youth village and health screenings.


“We proudly honor Black History and the contributions of African Americans to our nation," Anaheim Mayor Ashleigh Aitken told those gathered for the street fair, "because Black history is American history."

2023 marked Anaheim’s 11th year hosting the parade (with no parade in 2021 amid the pandemic).


The parade and fair is organized each year by the Orange County Heritage Council, a volunteer nonprofit that promotes cultural awareness and the historical contributions of Blacks in Orange County and across the nation.


Led by Grand Marshal Adai Lamar of 102.3 Radio Free KJLH and local host of the “Steve Harvey Morning Show,” the parade took place in front of City Hall after starting at Pearson and heading down Anaheim Boulevard.

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