Tens of thousands of people watched what organizers say is the largest African-American parade in the country.
“The one thing about this parade is that the music is just as important as the heritage and the character of the parade. It’s really the spiritual glue,” said a participant.
“Being proud and African-American means that each and every one of us has the responsibility for the community, not to just sit back and whine, but to put input, active input, in the community,” said an onlooker.
Before the parade, Assemblyman Keith Wright hosted a breakfast at the Harlem Tavern where some notable African Americans were honored.
Congressman Charles Rangel attended both the breakfast and the parade.