The Orange Branch NAACP’s Black History Month Parade will start at 11 a.m. Feb. 27 in front of Greater St. Paul Christian Fellowship Church, corner of Link Avenue and North 14th Street.
The church’s Bishop Raymond Young, and Orange NAACP president, said the parade is about “building the community and building relationships.”

The concept of black history, he said, is to “make people aware of African-American history and what they had to endure to help promote a better social atmosphere. The more I know about you, the more you know about me, the more we know about where we come from – we can have a better relationship and enhance where we live and even the world that we all live in.”

The parade route will travel south down 14th to West Park Avenue, turn east until Second Street, north to Burton Avenue, west until Sixth Street, north to Moreel Boulevard then east to Club DJ’s on Simmons Drive for refreshments and fellowship. 

Last year’s program featured a tribute to James Zay Roberts, longtime Orange NAACP leader who passed away in January, 2009.

“We’re looking forward to a great turnout,” Young said. “We had good numbers last year.”

The 2010 parade, he said, will feature cars, trucks, motorcycle riders, organizations such as area boating groups and a trailer playing zydeco music.

“We’ve been in contact with the Texas Rangers,” Young said. “They’re bringing riders from Louisiana, Houston and all across Texas with their horses.”

To take part in the parade, or for more information, call Mary Lazenby at 670-5449, or Young’s office at Greater St. Paul at either 886-8236 or 886-2054.