Black History Parade & Festival
February 15 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Celebrate Black history, culture and achievements at Pasadena’s 38th Annual Black History Parade and Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, February 15, 2020. This year’s theme is “For the Culture – Celebrating Our Excellence.” The parade features over 80 entries including the Wilson Middle School Drum Corps as the opening performance, Miss Black Pasadena, the Tournament of Roses 2020 Royal Court, Pasadena City College Band, Blair, John Muir and Pasadena High School marching bands, musicians, dancers, equestrians, local youth groups, dignitaries, community leaders, and vintage and custom cars. This celebration is one of the largest and longest-running Black history parades in California.
The Celebrity Grand Marshals are Margaret Avery and Wendy Raquel Robinson. Margaret Avery is an actress and singer best known for her role as Shug Avery in “The Color Purple,” which earned her an Academy Award nomination for best performance by an actress in a supporting role. Wendy Raquael Robinson is a Best Actress NAACP Image Award recipient and the Creative Director of Amazing Grace Conservatory, a philanthropist and actor. Beloved by audiences for her television roles on “The Game” and “The Steve Harvey Show,” her true passion is embodied in the work of the Amazing Grace Conservatory, which trains and develops emerging artists and at-risk youth in the performing arts.
The Community Grand Marshal is Edna Bluain, a dedicated volunteer with the Black History Parade and Festival Planning Committee for over 20 years. Youth Grand Marshals are Alaysia Barker, a student at Loyola Marymount University who is active with campus cultural organizations and founder of a non-profit scholarship organization, and Elijah Gates, a sophomore defense back on UCLA’s football team and product of the Mckenzie-Scott Boys and Girls Club and Pasadena Panther youth football program.
The parade begins at 10 a.m. on Fair Oaks Avenue and Figueroa Street in Altadena; then heads south on Fair Oaks Avenue before ending at Pasadena’s Robinson Park, 1081 N. Fair Oaks Ave., where the festival takes place from noon to 4 p.m. on the north side of the park. The festival features live entertainment for all ages, food available for purchase, an exciting meet-and-greet with Miss Black Pasadena, the Power 106 Street Team, free informational booths and a children’s zone jam-packed with fun, free activities. The event is known for a variety of great food including delicious barbecue, chicken and fish dinners, grilled burgers and hot dogs, and fun goodies like kettle corn, lemonade, pies, cakes, and ice cream. Returning this year is the popular Historically Black College and University (HBCU) College Fair.
The parade will be recorded in its entirety by Pasadena Media, one of the event sponsors, and will air on both KPAS, the City government TV station, and Arroyo, the Pasadena community public channel. Visit www.pasadenamedia.tv for broadcast times.
Attendees are encouraged to arrive early to navigate around street closures, find parking and claim their favorite viewing spots along the parade route. Free parking provided on a first-come, first served basis at Calvary Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, 135 Glorieta St., Pasadena.
The following streets will be closed for the parade and festival at the times listed below. Motorists are advised to use caution while driving through the area.
- Hammond Street, between Fair Oaks Avenue and Morton Avenue, 7 a.m.-6 p.m.
- Morton Avenue, between Mountain Street and Woodbury Road, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
- Fair Oaks Avenue, between Woodbury Road and Harriet Street, 7 a.m.-noon
- Mountain Street, between Raymond Avenue and Sunset Street, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
- Fair Oaks Avenue between Mountain Street and Woodbury Road, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
The 2020 parade and festival are sponsored by Pasadena Tournament of Roses, Pasadena Management Association, Pasadena Black Employees Association, Cricket Wireless, Wellsm and the Pasadena Public Health Department. Media sponsors include the Pasadena Journal, Pasadena Black Pages and Pasadena Media. Black history events are organized by the Department of Human Services and Recreation and the volunteer Black History Parade and Festival Planning Committee with the support of the Pasadena Recreation and Parks Foundation.
For more information about the parade, festival, and other activities contact the Jackie Robinson Community Center at (626) 744-7300.