Orange County Black History Parade, in 38th year, draws most participants ever
ANAHEIM — A parade with more than 100 entries and a cultural fair with dozens of vendors helped kick off Black History Month on Saturday, Feb. 3 in Orange County.
Marching bands from 11 high schools were slated to be among the participants in this year’s event, which paid tribute to Helen Shipp. The 82-year-old Shipp, who founded the parade in 1980, died Jan. 25.
Her children continue to be involved in the parade, now in its 38th year.
This year’s parade drew the most participants ever, said Orange County Heritage Council President Shedrick Collins.
Organizers estimated the crowd at 7,000 to 8,000 people, with spectators viewing the parade and visiting the cultural fair, set up near Anaheim City Hall.