Black History Parade Celebrates Excellence

(Photo courtesy Supervisor Barger’s Office) - Pasadena City Councilmember Steve Madison, Mayor Victor Gordo, Judge Tara Newman, U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff, L.A. County Supervisor Kathryn Barger and state Sen. Anthony Portantino walked in the parade.

First published in the Feb. 23 print issue of the Pasadena Outlook.

The city of Pasadena and the Black History Planning Committee hosted the 41st annual Black History Parade and Festival on Saturday, Feb. 18. More than 80 parade entries highlighted this year’s theme, “Celebrating Our Excellence — The Legacy of Councilmember John J. Kennedy.” Pasadena’s Black History Parade is one of the largest and longest-running in Southern California.

“The spirit of Councilmember Kennedy and the excellence he exuded will be exemplified throughout the day’s activities,” the city of Pasadena said in a statement.
Jim Hill, sportscaster at KCBS-TV, served as celebrity grand marshal. Meanwhile, L.A. County Superior Court judges Pamela Dansby and Tara Newman served as community grand marshals.