Your Guide to Saturday's 2020 Black History Parade and Festival

Published : Friday, February 14, 2020 | 12:48 PM

Pasadena continues its Black History Month celebration from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday with the 38th annual Black History Parade and Festival.

This year’s theme is “For the Culture–Celebrating Our Excellence.”

The parade begins at 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 parade will feature 80 entries, including the Wilson Middle School Drum Corps, the Tournament of Roses 2020 Royal Court, the Pasadena City College Band, the John Muir, Blair and Pasadena high school marching bands, musicians; dancers; equestrians; local youth groups; dignitaries; community leaders; and vintage and custom cars. This black history parade is one of the largest and longest-running in California.

This year’s celebrity grand marshals are actress and singer Margaret Avery and actress and philanthropist Wendy Raquel Robinson. Avery is best known for her role as Shug Avery in the critically acclaimed movie “The Color Purple.” The role earned her an Academy Award nomination.

Robinson has won two NAACP Image Awards. She is also the executive director of Amazing Grace Conservatory. She is best known for her television roles on “The Game” and “The Steve Harvey Show.” She trains emerging artists and at-risk youth at the Amazing Grace Conservatory.

The festival will feature live entertainment, including food for purchase, the Power 106 Street Team, booths, and a fun-packed children’s zone.

The popular Historically Black College and University (HBCU) college fair is also returning this year.

The parade will be recorded in its entirety by Pasadena Media. Visit Pasadenamedia.tv for broadcast times.

The following streets will be closed for the parade and festival during the times listed below. Motorists are advised to use caution while driving through the area. Several streets will be closed for the event:

• 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
• Fair Oaks Avenue between Mountain Street and Woodbury Road, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
• Mountain Street between Raymond Avenue and Sunset Street, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

For more information about the parade, festival, and other activities, contact the Jackie Robinson Community Center at (626) 744-7300.

Stay connected to the City of Pasadena! Visit us online at www.cityofpasadena.net; follow us on Twitter at @PasadenaGov, and Instagram and Facebook at @CityOfPasadena; or call the Citizen Service Center, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday at (626) 744-7311.

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