The Parade of the African Diaspora
The overall mission and vision of the Trenton African American Cultural Festival organization, which started in 2011, has led to the creation of an even larger, more inclusive entity to serve the residents of Mercer County and beyond. In the spring of 2016, the Trenton African American Cultural Festival organization, along with community-based support and sponsorship evolved into the African American Cultural Collaborative of Mercer County. In June 2017, we were recognized as a non-profit and granted 501(c)(3) status by the federal government.
The African American Cultural Collaborative of Mercer County initiated a unification with a few culturally keen community members and embarked upon the tremendous tasks of bringing The Parade of the African Diaspora to the City of Trenton in 2019. The idea was birthed, and initial planning sessions were immediately implemented in 2017 to outline a vision and mission for this historic occasion. We are pleased with our progress and eagerly invite you to be a part of this momentous occasion. Below are the mission statement and vision for the parade:
Mission: The Parade of the African Diaspora aims to celebrate, educate and unite communities of ancestral connections extending to the continent of Africa.
Vision: Reaching beyond African enslavement to understand the broad migration of Africans across the globe and throughout time.
Motto: Celebrate. Unite. Educate. Connect.
This event is intended as a celebration of community and culture through a festive parade to include representation of diverse people, stakeholders, families and organizations from Mercer County. The culmination will be the start of our African American Cultural Festival, which will include music, entertainment, sports demonstrations and vending.
The event will feature:
– Healthy Living Pavilion
– Children’s Village and a
– Teen Summit
Our anticipated opening ceremony will occur on the steps of Trenton’s City Hall with a grand finale at Cadwalader Park to officially start the festival. Community meetings are ongoing. The meetings are being designed to lay the foundation for all aspects of planning that will be required to make the parade a success. We welcome your expertise. Please send an email of interest to our Publicity Co-Chairperson, Helen Walker, at PublicityAfricanDiaspora@gmail.com.