African- American Day Parade in Harlem

September 21st, 2008, was the 39th African-American Day Parade in Harlem. The Parade began at 1p.m. at 111th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard and marched to 142nd Street.

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The Socialite at the AA Parade

Keeping Up with the Huxtables of course had to attend this parade and would not be truly Keeping Up with African Americans if it did not. The African-American Parade was a huge, and well attended affair. Crowds packed out the wide streets of Harlem, one of New York's largest African American areas, as floats moved along the streets playing a variety of music from soca to reggae, ragga and soul. This was truly a party to see.

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The parade of course had your usual marching bands, floats, and organizations, all marching to celebrate being African American. It is always exciting to see the local marching bands perform. The best part is when the drummers do some type of special show in the middle of the bands performance. It is good to see kids doing something useful with their time.

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Although the participants in the actual parade were interesting, the vendors and attendees of the event stood out the most:

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Don't you just love this shirt? I wish everyone was as proud as he is.

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The Greeks came out to join in with the festivities. I knew the Divine Nine would represent.

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African American Day Parade in Harlem,Im Keeping Up,Keeping Up with the Huxtables

Of course it would not be a Black event without Harlem residents and restaurants cooking food!

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It wouldn't have been NY without the Nutcrackers...drinking in moderation makes any event a blast!



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There were some interesting statements made by some of the vendors...

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And some vendors could not go without presenting items that they knew our flashy community might be interested in...


I think the parade should have just been renamed the Barack Obama Parade, because he was represented in everyway possible!!!


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And of course our (Harlem Residents) lovely new neighbors would not miss this event for the world:

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I was truly glad that I attended this event and was proud to see my people Keeping Up!

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7 comments:

Eb the Celeb said...

You have some great pics... I posted some and video as well today...

but ummm... where were you... because I missed out on the nutcrackers... dang... all the had on my block was cotton candy, balloons, and mr. softee

Nomad said...

I missed the parade this year but you did a great job takng pics and commentary. Obama Mania is running rampant.

P.S. I didn't know you were a stunner wow :)

The Socialite said...

eb: I was like between 116th and 125th! I am about to go and check out your pics and video!

nomad: I know Obama is everywhere!!!!

And thanks for the compliments!!

Beautifully.Conjured.Up said...

Who are the Nutcrackers, and what do they do?

The Socialite said...

nutcrackers is a drink! It is a sweet drink that gets you messed up really quick.

Eb the Celeb said...

lmao @ beautifully conjured...

blah blah blah said...

Nice pics looks like good fun! wish i could have been there! and can u get me the recipe to the nutcraker! thank you!

one more thing: Where did you get your skirt. Very cute!!

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