NYC’s African American Day Parade is a Harlem tradition that celebrates African American culture and African American contributions to the United States.
NYC’s 53rd African American Day Parade 2022
The 53rd NYC African American Day Parade 2022 marches on Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd (Seventh Avenue) between 111th St and 137th St in Harlem on Sunday, September 18, 2022 at 1pm. The Pre-Parade Show is on Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd & 125th St from 11am – 1pm. The Pre-Parade Children’s Community Literacy Event is fun for kids with a free book giveaway on Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd at 127th St from 9am – 1pm. Free. 🌍🇺🇸
There are celebrities, marching bands, sororities and fraternities, floats and community organizations.
The Pre-Parade Show features performances by 40 Plus Double Dutch Club, The Remnant, Shawn Love, Vy Higginsen’s Sing Harlem and Javier Gooden.
The Reviewing Stand is Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd & 125th St in Harlem.
The parade is selling really cool T-shirts on its website.
Good Health is Essential
This year’s theme is “Good Health is Essential.” The parade honors African American healthcare workers.
In Spanish, when someone sneezes, we say, “Salud” (Health). If they sneeze again, we say “Amor” (Love). If they sneeze a third time, we say “Dinero” (Money). That’s how we prioritize life, but if you don’t have health, it’s hard to get to the other good stuff. So ya, good health is essential.
The parade Grand Marshals are:
- Dr. Michelle Henry, Clinical Instructor of Dermatology at Weil Cornel Medical College. She is also the founder of Skin & Aesthetic Surgery of Manhattan and Henry Research Group.
- Sandra Lindsay, Director of Patient Care at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. You may remember her as the first person in the United States to receive the Covid vaccine.
- Bernard Robinson, Director of Emergency Medical Services of Manhattan at Northwell Health
- Pamela Abner, Vice President and Chief Diversity Operations Officer for Mount Sinai Health System.
- Dr. Gary Butts, Executive Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for Mount Sinai Health System. He is also Dean for Diversity Programs, Policy and Community Affairs for Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
Looking at the Grand Marshal’s accomplishments, we wonder how they fit all that into one life. What great role models, and if they can do it, we can do it too.
See you at NYC’s African American Day Parade. africanamericandayparade.org