Fantastic shots from Newark’s 43 African-American Heritage parade in downtown Newark, courtesy of the Star Ledger: 20,000 attend Newark’s African-American Heritage Parade.
An estimated 20,000 people turned out today for Newark’s 43rd annual African-American Heritage Parade, a happily pulsating procession that splashed a mile of Broad Street with songs, waves and bits of history.
Large white balloons bearing the names and faces of historical figures prompted enthusiastic tributes from Donald Bernard, the celebration’s master of ceremonies. Crowd members lining the streets offered their loudest cheers to images of President Obama and Malcolm X as they danced and blew whistles to dance music and marching bands — but not before they were issued a reminder.
“This isn’t just about hoopla,” said Bernard, who wore a green-and-gold Ghanaian outfit and was framed by American flags colored red, green and black. “It’s about a sense of purpose and direction.”