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Orange County Black History Parade and Cultural Fair Will Be held in Downtown Anaheim

Anaheim, California (January 24, 2012) – The 32nd Annual Orange County Black History Parade and Cultural Fair will be held Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. in Downtown Anaheim. The event celebrating African American heritage and history begins with the parade, which starts at Anaheim Boulevard at 10 a.m., and concludes with the cultural fair at the Center Street Promenade, after the parade. Featuring food vendors, retail booths, entertainment, a History Walk, community organizations and a Youth Village, the fair promises a day of delicious food, good fun and great entertainment. Admission and parking are free.

The event is sponsored by the Orange County Heritage Council and is organized by the black community as a commemoration of African American contributions to the strength of Orange County. This countywide celebration is enjoyed by families, churches, community groups, businesses, schools and elected officials of all ethnicities.

Spectators of the parade will have prime viewing on Anaheim Boulevard, between Lincoln Avenue and Broadway.  Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait is the grand marshal.

The cultural fair entertainment includes Phil Gates, Kiki Shepard, comedian Lester Barrie, Oscar Snow, singer Mykenzie Ward, Leeah D (Miss Expo), Kim Harrell, 513 Elevators, Venson Quarles, teen sensation ChyAnne, church choirs, Anaheim High School Cheerleaders, spoken word and more.

Churches and community organizations participating in this year’s celebration include New Spirit Baptist Church, Orange County Section – National Council of Negro Women, Orange County Old School Revisited, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Graceland Community Baptist Church, Reach Community Church, 100 Black Men of Orange County, Orange County NAACP, Santa Ana Black Historical Society, Christ Our Redeemer AME, The G.R.E.E.N Foundation, Greater Light Missionary Baptist Church, Leon Owens Foundation, James S. Stapleton Foundation, Word of Faith Pentecostal Church, The Sickle Cell Foundation of Orange County, Grand Divas MC, Black in OC, Black Business Network of Orange County and many more.


The Orange County Black History Parade and Cultural Fair is organized by the Orange County Heritage Council. Log on to the event website at OCHeritageCouncil.org, “Like” Orange County Heritage Council on Facebook and follow @OCBlackHistory on Twitter for more details.

By Editor

The New Santa Ana blog has been covering news, events and politics in Santa Ana since 2009.

5 thoughts on “O.C. Black History Parade and Cultural Fair to be held in Downtown Anaheim”
  1. I thought this was a Santa Ana tradition! How could we have let Anaheim take it away? Sad day for Santa Ana.

    1. Well, Anaheim has THOUSANDS of dollars in tourist tax revenue that we don’t have in Santa Ana. They can afford to put this on. We can’t. But I am happy that the event is taking place at all.

  2. What has Santa Ana ever done for Black people? Allow us to live in the worst parts of the ghetto before chasing us out? Deny us jobs and opportunities because we don’t speak Spanish? Expose us to race-based hate because we look different?

    A few years ago, the good folks in Santa Ana drew likenesses of Dr. King and made him appear Latino. I am glad the African-American community woke up before all Latino children were taught that Dr. King was Hispanic. The Southern Californian Mexican’s re-writing of history to suit your majority presence is no less disgusting than when the white man does it.

    [I used to live in Mexico. Before you judge me, look in the mirror if you have never lived in Mexico and spent your time and money trying to rebuild a Mexican community. I’ve also done the same within my Black community. I am not Mexican. I just like the beach.]

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