City of Pasadena Cancels Black History Parade Due to Omicron Concerns, Variety of Family-Friendly Programming to Continue

PASADENA, Calif.—In an abundance of caution, the City of Pasadena Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department and the Black History Planning Committee have canceled the 2022 Black History Parade and Festival due to COVID-19 concerns. Usually held on the third Saturday of February, the parade and festival last took place on Feb.15, 2020. Fortunately, the City and Black History Planning Committee will host a wide variety of FREE family-friendly events this year in celebration of Black History Month. All events comply with Pasadena Public Health Department COVID-19 protocols.

Pasadena Public Library is also celebrating Black History Month with a wide variety of free programs and activities for all ages that honor the cultures and contributions of African Americans, sponsored by The Friends of the Pasadena Public Library. For complete details, visit

Support Black-Owned Businesses
Feb. 1-28
Community members are encouraged to support local Black-owned businesses during the month of February and always.

Pasadena People, Places, and Events Shaped by African Americans
Take a virtual tour with local community members as they provide information on landmarks, educational institutions, sports, businesses and other areas impacted by Black Pasadenans.

Take and Make Craft Inspired by Artist Jean-Michael Basquiat
Registration begins Tuesday, Feb. 1
Let the inspiration of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s graffiti street art inspire you to paint a self-portrait in similar style. Sign up for your kit starting Feb. 1, while supplies last. Kits can be picked up at San Rafael Branch Library.

Partners to History: Martin Luther King Jr., Ralph David Abernathy, and the Civil Rights Movement by Donzaleigh Abernathy
Saturday, Feb. 5, 2 p.m. on Zoom
Ralph David Abernathy and Martin Luther King, Jr. were inseparable and together helped to establish what would become the modern American Civil Rights Movement. They preached, marched and were frequently jailed together. Donzaleigh Abernathy, Ralph’s youngest daughter, has written Partners to History as a testament to the courage, strength and endurance of these men who stirred a nation with their moral fortitude. She also pays tribute to the thousands of unsung heroes—the other partners to this history—who were foot soldiers in the endless struggle for freedom, justice and equality. This document captures in words and pictures how the dream of two visionaries changed the course of American history. Register now to attend the Zoom session.

Out of the Pantry: Cooking Class for Teens
Monday, Feb. 7, 4 p.m. on Zoom
Cook up a tasty dish with ingredients from the pantry. Learn about Creole rice fritters, also known as calas, and how to make them. Cooking supplies are available for pickup from Hastings Library. Please refer to the equipment, ingredients list and confirmation email for further instructions to ensure you’re prepared for the lesson. For teens only. Register now to attend.

More Than the Peanut
Thursday, Feb. 24, 4:30 p.m., Lamanda Park Branch Library
Join us as we learn about George Washington Carver and complete nature-focused STEAM activities inspired by his life. For ages 6 and up. Register now to attend.

Kidpreneur Showcase & Expo (POSTPONED)
The event sponsor, Neighborhood Survants, is postponing this event (originally scheduled for Feb. 26) due to rising COVID-19 concerns. Please visit their website for updates.
Held in partnership with Neighborhood Survants, join the first annual “kidpreneur” event which will celebrate and showcase youth ages 6-17 for their creativity and achievement in small business and other entrepreneurial ventures. Youth will have an opportunity to display, pitch and promote their products and services.

Drive-In Movie
Saturday, Feb. 26, 5-10 p.m., Brookside Park Area H, 360 N. Arroyo Blvd.
Free family-friendly drive-in movie in celebration of Black History Month. Pre-registration recommended. Live music begins at 5 p.m., and free, individually-wrapped snacks will be provided to the first 100 cars in attendance. Help choose the movie by Tuesday, Feb. 8.

For more information on these and other upcoming events, visit, follow @PasadenaParksandRec and @pasadenalibrary on Facebook and Instagram, or call (626) 744-7311.