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Sat: Nyack’s Annual African American Parade, Fest

Nyack African American Parade, May 2011There’s a parade to the park on Saturday at 11a. Nyack celebrates its 10th annual African American Day on Saturday, June 2 with a parade and a multicultural festival in Memorial Park.
“The important part of holding this event is togetherness,” said Deputy Mayor Louise Parker. “For everyone to be able to come out and be as one, family and friends. ¬†Allows people to showcase their talents, fun entertainment for the children.”

The parade route will start at the parking lot behind M&T Bank and proceed down Main St. making a right on Broadway, down Depew Ave into Nyack’s Memorial Park on the Hudson.

Grand Marshals this year are: Dr. Edmund Gordon of Pomona, a nationally renowned scholar, who at the age of 96 still travels to many colleges speaking on supplemental education; Willie Worsley, one of the players from the movie Glory Road about the first black college basketball team to win a national championship and an inductee of the Basketball Hall of Fame; and Dr. Travis Jackson, an educator who was part of the school in Hillburn when Thurgood Marshall came to integrate it in 1943.
There’s more than just music, sports and dance after the march down Main and Broadway: The post-parade festival in the park includes music, crafts, food & fun hosted by local vendors as well as community service organizations
There will be free parking in the Artopee parking lot. There will be no parking in the Park.

Nyack People & Places, a weekly series that features photos and profiles of citizens and scenes near Nyack, NY, is sponsored by Sun River Health.

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