Black History parade set for this weekend

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By Alice Du Pont

The 27th annual Black History Parade and Festival will be held Saturday in downtown Quincy.

Parade organizer Anthony Powell said there won't be any changes from last year’s format. The parade, which features marching bands, floats, walking units and civic organizations, will begin at 11 a.m., with lineup at 10 a.m. at the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and South Stewart Street.

Any individual or groups that want to participate in the parade can preregister or register on site.The is no cost to participate in the parade.

The parade route starts at the southwest corner of Carter-Parramore Academy and proceeds north on Stewart Street to Crawford Street. The parade will take a right (east) on Crawford Street to the corner of South Adams and Crawford streets, where it will disband.

Powell said that while President Barack Obama cannot make the parade, he is the honorary grand marshal this year.

"We're asking everyone to go directly from the parade to the Courthouse Square, where the festival will begin immediately after the parade," Powell said.

The festival will feature gospel and jazz music, the spoken word and a modified “battle of the bands." This year, for the first time, arts and crafts have been added. There is still booth space available for $75 per space.

As usual, there will be good food for sale, Powell said, and some of the area’s best cooks have signed up for booths. The fee for those booth spaces is $75 and there are spaces available.

For more information on parade or festival participation, call Powell at 694-3079.