ANAHEIM, Calif. (Jan. 11, 2022) — Following a one-year hiatus during the coronavirus pandemic, Orange County’s 42nd Annual Black History Parade returns to downtown Anaheim Feb. 5. This outdoor event offers a day filled with activities, food and entertainment dedicated to celebrating black history.
New this year is a unity festival following the parade that takes the place of the former cultural faire.
The day kicks off at 9 a.m. with a blessing and event preview, followed by the parade at 10 a.m., which will travel down Anaheim Boulevard from Lincoln Avenue to Water Street and double back to conclude at Anaheim City Hall.
The parade features more than 50 marching bands, unique vehicles, horseback riders, churches, sororities and youth and social groups.
The unity festival goes from noon to 5 p.m. and will offer health and youth villages, a college fair, vendors, music, food trucks and a custom car and motorcycle show. Live entertainment will include gospel singers Brent Jones and Maurice Griffin.
The Muzeo Museum & Cultural Center will also play a supporting role, hosting top artwork from the Orange County Heritage Council Youth Art Contest in the studio gallery. And in the museum’s Kabel Gallery, you’ll find guest artwork that conveys the event theme “Our Heritage: reflecting, advancing, uniting.”
Art will be on display through March 20.
For more, visit the Orange County Heritage Council at Oc-hc.org.