The 44th annual African American Day Parade made its way through Harlem on Sunday in a celebration of pride, culture and the area's rich history. NY1's Jon Weinstein filed the following report.
Under perfect skies, the African American Day Parade made its way up Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard and through Harlem on Sunday.
"We here to represent black pride baby, all day, black pride," said one parade goer.
"This parade celebrates African American culture, and it's also one of the few parades that actually takes place in Harlem instead of on Fifth Avenue," another parade goer said.
The parade was a celebration of pride and culture and a chance to recognize Harlem's history.
"Every year we be able to get together to celebrate Harlem, to celebrate our history, and I look forward to this every year," a woman said.
"Particularly us in law enforcement, it gives us a chance to show the community that we're part of the community, we are members of this community, and we're here to be supportive of the community," said a man.
This is also an opportunity for social activism, with marchers citing Trayvon Martin and the Central Park 5 as reasons to fight for justice.
"It brings out inner feelings, I mean a lot of people might not be able to express it else wise, out like this we can, you know? We can just let it be known how we feel about certain things," said a parade goer.
It was also a whole lot of fun with with music, marching bands and dancing.
"I love music," a parade goer said. "I love the beat of music, the vibes."
"I like seeing the marching bands," said another. "I love hearing the music, so it's definitely a good time to be out here."
And for the scores of kids who marched, it was a chance for them to show off.
"We get to represent so many African Americans and represent the Harlem Jets Football organization," said one boy.
"The Harlem Jets is a youth organization, a football organization, that supports anti-violence and youth growth and development," a woman said.
"And we're also not a bad football team either!" said another boy.
And there's no doubt all these people are planning on coming back next year for the 45th annual parade.