African-American Heritage Parade Celebrates 45th Year

NEWARK — The African American Heritage Parade celebrates its 45th year of marching from Lincoln Park to Military Park on Sunday, May 29, beginning at noon, at Newark City Hall, 902 Broad Street. The parade features an array of colorful floats, enormous African-American heritage balloons, foot stomping marching bands, as well as, energetic drill teams, horseman, and sky divers.

The African American Heritage Parade and four-day festival is the largest black cultural celebration in New Jersey and the third largest in the country. It literally brings together thousands to celebrate black heritage every Memorial Day weekend. The festivities begin on Friday, May 27th with the heritage festival at Weequahic Park which runs through Monday, May 30th Memorial Day. Live music and various events each day. Local and well-known talent performs daily with a gospel explosion on Sunday.


The heritage festival provides a fun filled carnival with rides, games, vendors, and one of the largest varieties of food cuisine. Health and education enthusiasts will want to visit the Congressman Donald M. Payne Health Pavillion. Basketball players may want to test their skills in the Mayor Cory Booker 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament.

Sunday marks the highlight of the African American Heritage celebration. It’s a four-hour parade that now draws thousands into the Essex County area annually. This year’s theme focuses on “Umoja… The Ties That Bind Us Together.” There will be a pre-parade ceremony beginning at 11 a.m. in front of the Grand Stand (Broad Street, City Hall). As in past years, thousands of on-lookers explode with excitement as they gaze upon skydivers parachuting down onto the parade’s pathway in front of City Hall at noon.

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