African Heritage Parade and Festival to Be Held June 18, 2022
Annual event to celebrate the African Diaspora
Albany, NY - The Capital District YMCA and the Capital District African Heritage Consortium are partnering for the Annual African Heritage Parade and Festival on June 18 at 11 am at the Malcolm X Park, 276 Clinton Ave, Albany, New York. This parade and festival will celebrate the people of the African Diaspora through music and dance, community booths, food, and more. Over 500 people are expected to attend.
The principle of inclusivity and equity inspired the creation of this parade. Along with other cultural and national celebrations currently offered such as the Pride Parade, St. Patrick’s Day and Veteran’s Day, the African Heritage Parade has broadened the suite of the region’s attractions and celebrations.
This year’s Parade Grand Marshal will be Reverend Leonard Comithier, Jr. Longtime community activists Nell Stokes and Aaron Carter will be honored in a special ceremony. Honorary Marshals include Dr. Steady Moono, President of SUNY Schenectady County Community College, Dr. Christopher Gibson, President of Siena College, and Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan.
Reverend Leonard Comithier, Jr. will lead the kickoff as the parade’s Grand Marshall. Honorary Marshals include Dr. Steady Moono, President of Suny Schenectady County Community College, Dr. Christopher Gibson, President of Siena College and Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan. Longtime community activists Mrs. Nell Stokes and Mr. Aaron Carter will be honored in a special ceremony.
The Parade will feature groups including the Association of Nigerians of the Capital District, the Capital Region of New York Caribbean Association, Albany NAACP, Capital District Latinos, Albany High School ROTC, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Macedonia Green Tech Charter High Boys Basketball Team, Henry Johnson Charter School, KIPP Charter Schools, In Our Own Voices, Albany Police Athletic League, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated, Macedonia Baptist Church of Albany, and more.
Sponsors include M&T Bank, Albany Housing Authority, TD Bank, The City of Albany, Albany Police Athletic League, SUNY Schenectady County Community College, and more.
This event is free and open to all. Learn more: https://cdymca.org/african-heritage-parade-2022/