- Saturday, February 18, 2017
- 10:00am - 1:00pm
NOTE: Pasadena City Officials announced that this event has been cancelled due to a significant storm moving into the area, including possible lightning strikes in or near the parade route. The public’s safety, including those who would watch the parade and the parade participants, was the deciding factor to cancel the parade for Feb. 18.
Black History Parade
One of the biggest and longest-running Black History parades in California, the Black History Parade and Festival, highlights African history and African-American culture. The parade begins at 10 AM at Charles White Park in Altadena, heads south on Fair Oaks Avenue and ends at Robinson Park. Another special highlight this year is the Community Groundbreaking Celebration for the Robinson Park Recreation Center project at 1 PM.
Prominent Figures In History
Jackie Robinson made history in 1947 when he broke baseball’s color barrier to play for the Brooklyn Dodgers. A talented player, Robinson won the National League Rookie of the Year award his first season, and helped the Dodgers to the National League championship. In 1949 Robinson won the league MVP award, and he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962. Jackie Robinson inspired a generation of African-Americans to question the doctrine of “separate but equal” and helped pave the way for the Civil Rights Movement. Jackie Robinson grew up in Pasadena from 1920 to 1939.
Matthew Mackenzie “Mack” Robinson, attended Pasadena Junior College and excelled in track and field. He achieved a silver medal in the 200m in the 1936 Berlin Olympics and set national junior college records in the 100m, 200m, and the long jump. Robinson was one of eighteen African-American athletes, including twelve track-and-field competitors, to represent the U.S. in Berlin. Bronze sculptures of Jackie and Mack Robinson stand at Centennial Square in Pasadena.
President Barack Obama
President Barack Obama lived in Pasadena between 1980 and 1981 while he was an undergraduate at Occidental College. The apartment building where he lived was recently commemorated as the President’s former residence.