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Pasadena parade marks Black History Month

February 20, 2010 |  6:38 pm

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Pasadena's 28th annual Black History Parade attracted several thousand spectators Saturday.

Bands, drill units and floats set off from Altadena's Charles White Park and finished at a festival in Pasadena's Robinson Park. Roughly 2,000 spectators lined the parade route while another 2,000 attended the festival, according to authorities.

The recently renovated Robinson Park is named after the family of local African American athletes Jackie Robinson, of baseball fame, and his brother, Mack Robinson, an Olympic medal-winning runner and community activist.  

KTLA anchorwoman Michaela Pereira was the celebrity grand marshal for the two-hour parade, which began at 10 a.m. and was followed by the festival of music, food and community activities. 

-- Larry Gordon

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Photos: (Top) Amyha Fields, 4, enjoys a snow-cone at the Black History Parade and Festival held at Robinson Park in Pasadena. (Bottom) Parade marchers stroll the park. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times.

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