Monday, January 21st at 1 O'Clock in the afternoon, the Krewe of Harambee had their annual parade in Downtown Shreveport. Thousands of folks came out for one of the first Mardi Gras parades of the season -- and today was especially significant. Today was a phenomenal day in black history nationally, with the 2nd Inaugural Ceremony of our country's first Black President on the day where we all remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Locally, thousands of people in our area came out for the Krewe of Harambee parade, which is the first black Mardi Gras Krewe in Shreveport. Spectators at the parade say, it is a day they'll remember for the rest of their lives.
The Krewe of Harambee had their 8th annual parade and thousands of people came out to celebrate. "We enjoyed the inauguration, we started of the day with that, it was such a wonderful blessing to share with my boys." Jeneille Dufont came out to the event with her family. She says, she's happy that her children where here to see history in the making. "We're honored that our President is here to serve two terms, and we're honored to be apart of history. It's also Martin Luther King's birthday so we're just blessed and enjoying the day with the family."
"Today is definitely historic, it's a dream come true where America can stand up and be America, where we can unite as a country," said Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity member, Dock Voorhies. "It's a great positive thing to see especially on a great day like this here where you got all different nationalities out for Martin Luther King's birthday," agreed Kerwin Kennedy.
The parade featured some of the most festive floats in the Ark-La-Tex, one of the best bands in the south, the UAPB Golden Lions, and of course plenty of fun throws. Chad Robinson came out to the parade with his family. He says he's happy to see good things going on in the \Black community. "We rarely have anything now to do as a community so when anything positive comes out, i think we should get out and support that positivity."