The inaugural Black Joy Parade marched through the sunny streets of downtown Oakland on Sunday afternoon. People came out to celebrate culture and community through floats, food and fun.
“We gather a lot to resist and not nearly enough to celebrate,” said founder Elisha Greenwell. “My hope is that everyone has a good time here.”
At the end of the parade route, a family-friendly fair began. Dezell Geer, 30, of Fairfield stood near the poetry stage, listening with his family.
“This is our Chinese New Year Parade,” he said.
Many parents shared the same sentiment. Cherrese Brown, 35, of East Palo Alto, said she wanted her children to be part of event.