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Black Joy Parade

A hyper-positive parade and festival to celebrate the Black experience past, present and future.

Crown Your Joy
Sunday, Feb 24, 2019
Oakland, CA

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Black Joy Parade is a hyper-positive, family-friendly turn up that celebrates the Black experience and our community's contribution to cultures past, present and future. We invite you to come be present, be creative, be open and be free.

The parade will begin on February 24, 2019, at the corner of 14th St. and Harrison St., Oakland, CA, at 12:30 PM. It will finish at the corner of Broadway and 20th St., and we will be celebrating in the four blocks between there and the corner of 22nd St. and Webster St.

Join us and crown your joy.


We’ve partnered with several hotels to offer you exclusive discounts on accommodations.

City Center 
$149 USD/Night 
02/22/19 - 02/24/19
Last day to book: 02/01/19

$169 USD/Night 
02/23/19 - 02/25/19
Last day to book: 02/23/19

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Be in the Parade

In February 2019 the Black Joy Parade will fill the streets of Oakland. We welcome all types of individuals and organizations to join the procession and be a part of the 2nd annual Black Joy Parade.

Beyond the need to travel 8 blocks, there is no limit to what you can create! We encourage participants to bring their unique flavor of Black Joy from floats and marching bands, to costumes, dance, art and more. Be creative. Be positive. Be energetic and free!


Best In Flow Award

The Black Joy Parade "Best in Flow” award was developed to reward individuals, groups and local organizations for bringing all their Black joy to the streets to share and inspire others to find their joy.

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Following the Black Joy Parade there will be a celebration featuring Black art, crafts, food and wine vendors, as well as non-profits, community services and two stages of performances for the community to enjoy. While we highly encourage Black-owned and affiliated organization to participate, Black Joy Parade is an inclusive event and we welcome anyone who wants to help celebrate and contribute to the Black experience.

Update: All vendor spaces have been reserved. Thank you for your interest - we look forward to working with you next year.

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Black Joy Parade 2019 will be looking for volunteers to help out on the day of the parade.

Typical volunteer activities include organizing parade participants, monitoring the parade route, tending to the info booth, and working with stage managers to keep performers on schedule.

Black Joy Parade is an inclusive event. We welcome people from all different backgrounds, across race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation and identity to volunteer. This includes people with disabilities, as well as the elderly. Join our dynamic team to help make the 2nd annual Black Joy Parade a success!

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The Black Joy Parade gives local artists and performers the stage and platform to perform and entertain with their craft. We encourage acts of all talents to sign-up to participate in the 2019 Black Joy Parade. Past performances have included poetry and spoken word, musical acts and dancers. We look forward to seeing you on center stage!

Update: All performer slots have been filled. Thank you for your interest - we look forward to working with you next year.

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Soccer Tournament Sign-up

Street Soccer USA is pumped to bring their pop-up street soccer stadium to downtown Oakland for the Black Joy Parade. They will have DJs playing music, MCs announcing a youth and adult tournament play-by-play, and free skill stations for anyone who shows up and wants to kick it.

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