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Riverside’s Black History Parade marks 40 years of pride

Riverside’s Black History Parade proudly rolled through downtown Saturday, Feb. 9 — just as it has for the past four decades .
The Central Middle School Cheerleading team performs in The 40th annual Black History Parade and Expo themed “It Still Takes A Village” in downtown Riverside, Ca., Saturday, February 9, 2019. (John Valenzuela/ Contributing Photographer)
Jessica Koahou of Riverside cheers during The 40th annual Black History Parade and Expo themed “It Still Takes A Village” in downtown Riverside, Ca., Saturday, February 9, 2019. (John Valenzuela/ Contributing Photographer)
Sound The gallery will resume in seconds Reid Park Cheer of Riverside performs during The 40th annual Black History Parade and Expo themed “It Still Takes A Village” in downtown Riverside, Ca., Saturday, February 9, 2019. (John Valenzuela/ Contributing Photographer)
University of California, Riverside Athletic Director Tamica Smith Jones participates in The 40th annual Black History Parade and Expo themed “It Still Takes A Village” in downtown Riverside, Ca., Saturday, February 9, 2019. (John Valenzuela/ Contributing Photographer)
Tommy the Clown and the Hip Hop Clowns perform during The 40th annual Black History Parade and Expo themed “It Still Takes A Village” in downtown Riverside, Ca., Saturday, February 9, 2019. (John Valenzuela/ Contributing Photographer)
The San Bernardino Pacesetters Drum Squad performs during The 40th annual Black History Parade and Expo themed “It Still Takes A Village” in downtown Riverside, Ca., Saturday, February 9, 2019. (John Valenzuela/ Contributing Photographer)
Members of the U.S. Army JROTC participate in The 40th annual Black History Parade and Expo themed “It Still Takes A Village” in downtown Riverside, Ca., Saturday, February 9, 2019. (John Valenzuela/ Contributing Photographer)
The Ultimate Riders car club showcases its cars in The 40th annual Black History Parade and Expo themed “It Still Takes A Village” in downtown Riverside, Ca., Saturday, February 9, 2019. (John Valenzuela/ Contributing Photographer)
Tommy the Clown and the Hip Hop Clowns perform during The 40th annual Black History Parade and Expo themed “It Still Takes A Village” in downtown Riverside, Ca., Saturday, February 9, 2019. (John Valenzuela/ Contributing Photographer)
The Riverside Fire Department Honor Guard participates in The 40th annual Black History Parade and Expo themed “It Still Takes A Village” in downtown Riverside, Ca., Saturday, February 9, 2019. (John Valenzuela/ Contributing Photographer)
Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio participate in The 40th annual Black History Parade and Expo themed “It Still Takes A Village” in downtown Riverside, Ca., Saturday, February 9, 2019. (John Valenzuela/ Contributing Photographer)
Tommy the Clown and the Hip Hop Clowns perform during The 40th annual Black History Parade and Expo themed “It Still Takes A Village” in downtown Riverside, Ca., Saturday, February 9, 2019. (John Valenzuela/ Contributing Photographer)
The Ultimate Riders car club showcases its cars in The 40th annual Black History Parade and Expo themed “It Still Takes A Village” in downtown Riverside, Ca., Saturday, February 9, 2019. (John Valenzuela/ Contributing Photographer)
Members of the U.S. Army JROTC participate in The 40th annual Black History Parade and Expo themed “It Still Takes A Village” in downtown Riverside, Ca., Saturday, February 9, 2019. (John Valenzuela/ Contributing Photographer)
Riverside Police Chief Sergio Diaz talks to the crowd at The 40th annual Black History Parade and Expo themed “It Still Takes A Village” in downtown Riverside, Ca., Saturday, February 9, 2019. (John Valenzuela/ Contributing Photographer)
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This year’s installment marked the 40th anniversary of the event . Again, it set off from Riverside City College and ended with an expo near Riverside City Hall.
Using the theme, “It Still Takes A Village,” the Black History Parade and Expo entertained spectators while celebrating the local black community’s heritage and culture.
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Parade grand marshals were Beverly Nezart Gardner and Stephanie Stokes.
The city’s Black History Month festivities began a week ago with a Feb. 2 reception at Central Middle School hosted by the Adrian Dell and Carmen Roberts Foundation.

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