The nation’s largest African American Parade tolled through dowmtown Shreveport today. Marching bands flow down the streets beads and candy soar through the air. It’s a celebration.
“It’s all about rememberance. Remembering those who paved the way for us and paying homage to them,” Ray Jean Mosley, Atendee.
Thousands of people lined the streets of downtown Shreveport for the 31st Annual African American Parade.”It’s important that we keep the history of African Americans alive,” Barbara Norton, LA Rep, parade founder.
This year’s theme “Black Migrations,” focusing on the movement of African Americans to new destinations.
Our generation today it’s important for us to encourage them. Let them know they are somebody and this country has a lot to do with our heritage and our ancestors who helped build it,”Undrea Toney, Performer.
Parade goers say Shreveport has come a long way when it comes to equality and they’re proud of the city’s progress.“This parade is about love, not just about African Americans. It’s about everyone coming together as one,”said Michael Love, Performer.
The African American Parase was founded in 1988 by State Representative Barbara Norton.