WHDC in African American Day Parade

West Harlem Development Corporation marched in a contingent of almost 100 in the 44th Annual African American Day Parade on September 15, 2013.

The Marching Cobras Southern-style marching band’s performance exuberantly announced WHDC to the crowds every step of the parade. The band had parade-goers dancing along the length of the route, along Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard from 111th Street to 136th Street.

West Harlem Development Corporation grant recipients marched with the band, representing Arts and Culture, Education, Community Facilities and Economic Development programs funded by WHDC. Representatives from WHDC-funded Summer Youth Employment and Summer Senior Employment programs also attended, carrying banners and signs.

Mama Foundation for the Arts’ Gospel For Teens Choir, which is also funded by WHDC, rounded out the contingent with angelic, yet booming, voices that did not need amplification above the noise of the crowd. The choir director made sure to punctuate their performance with gravity-defying backbends.

Our grant recipients not only enjoyed the parade, they took the opportunity to pass out flyers about their programs as part of their outreach efforts. WHDC was proud to be a participant and supporter of the 44th Annual African American Day Parade. For more photos, go to our Facebook page or our Photo Gallery.


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