Celebrate the Largest African American History Parade in the Nation
The largest African American History Parade in the nation takes place right here in Shreveport!
Since 1988, Shreveport has hosted the Annual African American History Parade Celebration, which honors the community every February during Black History Month and features local religious, youth and civic groups to entertain and delight spectators. Each year, the parade boasts a new theme, such as "African Americans in Times of War,” with a special emphasis on military groups and honoring local veterans. Candy and Mardi Gras beads are thrown along the parade route in a procession filled with high-stepping bands, cheerleaders and dance troupes, churches, community and gospel groups, drill teams, youth departments, ROTC units, sororities and fraternities, civic and social clubs, horseback riders, motorcyclists, and many more.
The African American Parade Celebration held their first parade with only 50 people in attendance and 500 participants. Over the past 30 years, the celebration has grown to more than 150,000 attendees and 8,000 participants. When it comes to parade celebrations, the African American Parade definitely shows ingenuity and creativity, sharing the spirit and excitement with thousands of people throughout the ARK-LA-TX and many other states. Join in the fun and celebrate this family-oriented event that has something for everyone. This event is a joint effort on the behalf of the African American Celebration Committee, founder Rep. Barbara Norton and the City of Shreveport.
Can’t make it downtown? Tune into KTBS-TV 3/KPXJ/CW21 in Shreveport to watch the four-hour parade televised live!