African American Day Parade 2019

New York City’s African American Day Parade in Harlem celebrates African culture and the contributions of African-Americans.

50th African American Day Parade 2019

The 50th African American Day Parade marches on Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd (Seventh Ave) from 111th St to 136th St in Harlem, NYC on Sunday, September 15, 2019 from 1pm to 6pm. FREE


Parade Date

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Parade Time

1pm to 6pm

Pre-parade performances are at the Reviewing Stand from 12pm to 1pm.

Parade Route

Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd
From 111th St
To 136th St
Harlem, NYC

Reviewing Stand

The Reviewing Stand is at 125th St in front of the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building.

Parade Announcers are Olivia Sanders (Journalist and O Girl Media founder), and Dr. Bob Lee (WBLS Community Affairs Director).

Pre-parade performances are here from 12pm to 1pm. At 1pm, Melba Moor will open the parade singing Lift Every Voice and Sing.

Reviewing Stand tickets are available for honorary guests and seniors from the community on the three Saturdays before the parade at the Malcom Shabazz Cultural Center.

Parade Theme

Integrity and Transparency = Good Government

Parade honorees are people who support the African American Community in politics and government.

This is right on. Good government ensures that our country is for everybody here.

Opening Performers

Melba Moore ~ Tony Award-winning Actress & 4-time Grammy nominated vocalist

Orange Crush Roaring Lion Marching Band of Lincoln University ~ 2019’s leading HBCU Band (Historically Black Colleges & Universities).

Additional Performers

The Approaching Storm March Band of Delaware University

The Trojan Explosion Marching Band of Virginia State University

Grand Marshals

Brian A. Benjamin ~ New York State Senator for District 30

Hakeem Jeffries ~ US Representative for New York’s 8th Congressional District

Lea Daughtry ~ Organizer-Activist, Political Strategist & Faith Leader

Gale Brewer ~ Manhattan Borough President

Inez Dickets ~ New York State Assembly Member for District 70

Adriano Epaillat ~ US Representative for New York’s 13th Congressional District

David Dinkins ~ Former New York City Mayor

Charles Rangel ~ Former US Representative

Keith Wright ~ Director of Government Relations at Davidoff Hutcher & Citron LLP


William A. Allen ~ Democratic District Leader

Honorable Tanya R. Kennedy ~ New York County Supreme Court Justice

Sharase Debouse ~ Political Action Director, TWU Local 100

Athena Moore ~ Office of Manhattan Borough President, Director

Honorable W. Franc Perry, III ~ NYC 5th District Civil Court Judge

Justice Robert Reed ~ NY County Supreme Court Justice

Collette Smith ~ NY Jets Football Coach

Honorable Machelle Sweeting ~ NYC Civil Court Judge

Honorable William A. Allen ~ Democratic District Leader

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