Anaheim, Calif. (Feb. 2, 2016) - The streets of downtown Anaheim will be filled with African-American pride and celebration on Feb. 6 as the 36th annual Orange County Black History Month Parade & Faire comes to town.
Some 8,000 people and 100 groups are expected to come together for the event, which kicks off Black History Month and recognizes the contributions of African-Americans to Anaheim, Orange County and our nation. Click here for a video preview.
"Anaheim is proud to host and sponsor Orange County's only Black History Month parade," Mayor Tom Tait said. "Each year, the parade brings thousands of people together to celebrate African-American culture and to enjoy great food, entertainment and family fun. The sense of community behind this event is an inspiration to our city."
The free event runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The parade, which starts at 10 a.m. and runs down Anaheim Boulevard, includes marching bands, parade vehicles and horseback riders.
The parade concludes at Center Street Promenade, where it joins a cultural street fair with a music festival, food vendors, retailers, information booths, a Black History exhibit, college expo and health screenings.
Actress Kellita Smith of Syfy's zombie series "Z Nation" and "The Bernie Mac Show" serves as the parade's grand marshal.
Radio personalities Tyrone DuBose of Timeless Traxx and Adai Lamar of 102.3 KJLH serve as parade announcers.
Other celebrity guests include Patrick Faucette and Jerome Ro Brooks of Tyler Perry's "The Haves and Have Nots," Paula Jai Parker of "Hollywood Divas," Liana Mendoza of "American Horror Story," Tonya Reneé Banks of "Little Women LA" and Kiki Shepard of "Showtime at the Apollo."
Star athletes include world kickboxing champion Fredia "The Cheetah" Gibbs, Olympic track champion Mark Crear, onetime NASCAR racer Felix Giles and former NBA players Keyon Dooling and Juaquin Hawkins.
Elected officials, community and education groups, sororities, fraternities and churches also will be on hand, including:
- 100 Black Men of Orange County
- Blacks In Government, Orange County Chapter
- Black Professionals of Orange County
- Faith Deliverance Apostolic Church
- Friendship Baptist Church
- Johnson Chapel AME Church
- OC Learning Black History
- New Covenant Church of Orange County
- New Hope Presbyterian Church
- New Spirit Baptist Church
- National Pan-Hellenic Council
- REACH Community Church
- Second Baptist Church
- Sonrise Community Christian Church
- NAACP, Orange County/Santa Ana Branch
- National Council of Negro Women Inc., Orange County Section
- Vanguard University Black Student Union
- Prince Hall Masons, Wiley L. Kimbrough Lodge No. 91
2016 marks Anaheim's sixth year hosting the parade, which is open to people of all ages and backgrounds.
The parade and fair is organized by the Orange County Heritage Council, avolunteer-driven nonprofit that promotes cultural awareness and the historical contributions of blacks in Orange County and across the nation.
For more, please visit the Orange County Heritage Council at OC-HC.org.
For more information on the city of Anaheim, please visit Anaheim.net.