Always a colorful feast for the senses, the 2013 African American Day Parade also brought out the stars of the current New York political scene. A convertible ferrying Grand Marshals Congressman Charles Rangel and former Mayor David Dinkins led the charge up Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard, followed by former Controller and perhaps-Mayoral runoff candidate Bill Thompson.
Bronx Borough President and Independent Mayoral Candidate Adolfo Carrion marched closely behind. Council member and Public Advocate candidate Letitia James was also there waving to the crowds, as was Manhattan Borough President and Democratic Controller hopeful Scott Stringer.
Toward the end, current Public Advocate and Democratic Mayoral primary winner –who in past parades walked toward the front– was this time riding large on a float with his wife and a live band.
Of course it’s not all about the politics, it’s also about the people.
The change of venue didn’t deter the crowds at the first Sundae Sermon of the 2013 season…in fact there were more good people grooving to good music than ever.
On a gorgeous sunny Sunday, St Nicholas Park resounded with pumping dance beats spun by legendary dj’s Louie Vega, Kevin Hedge and, of course, Stormin’ Norman himself. Folks swaying, kids playing, everyone meeting and greeting–Sundae Sermon is truly a Harlem classic. See you at the next one!