The 113th annual Annie Malone May Day Parade, held on May 21st, in downtown St. Louis, proved once again to be a spectacular event that captured the hearts and spirits of the community. The parade is recognized as one of the oldest and largest parades in the area, it holds a special place in the hearts of locals. What makes this parade even more significant is that it’s the oldest African-American parade in the nation.
The Annie Malone Children and Family Service, a vital organization that supports nearly 500 children and parents every year, organized the parade. With such an important cause at its core, the event garnered enormous support from both participants and spectators alike.
The parade included a diverse range of participants, including local businesses and non-profit organizations. Adding to the vibrant atmosphere were the captivating performances of drum lines and bands from schools throughout the St. Louis area. The rhythmic beats filled the streets, adding an irresistible energy to the occasion.
The anticipation and excitement of the spectators, especially the children, were electric.. They awaited eagerly, to catch a glimpse of the stunning performances. The parade truly lived up to its reputation as a source of joy and entertainment for people of all ages. Participants in the parade generously distributed giveaways, further enhancing the festive spirit. From colorful trinkets to promotional items.
The 113th annual Annie Malone May Day Parade was a success, showcasing the spirit of unity and celebration. As it continues to flourish year after year, the parade serves as a reminder of the importance of coming together to support and uplift those in need.
Video by Lacey G Souldier Turner
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