Crotona Park, Bronx
Free and Open to All Ages
In honor of the passage by the United States Congress of Act H.R.1242 – 400 Years of African-American Experience Act marking the arrival of the first enslaved Africans to the United States and mark of resilience, the National Ghana Parade Council will mark the 4th centenary since the Middle Passage with an open-air display of remembrance and celebration Ghanaian culture and tradition.
Dubbed ‘The Year of Return’ by President Nana Akufo-Addo, incumbent president of Ghana, 2019 is so named as countless individuals pay homage to this turning point in history by embarking on a return to Ghana, immersing themselves in the culture, sights, and sounds of its rich heritage. Several celebrities including Boris Kojo, Naomi Campbell, Idris Elba, Anthony Anderson and Michael Jai White to name few, kicked off the year by visiting Ghana in honor of the occasion.
Local inhabitants and visitors to the great city of New York will be welcomed to mark this historic moment in collective celebration right here on American soil.
Samini | King Ayisoba | Jay Baba | Nana NYC | John Q | Sherifa Gunu | Ghana National Dance Ensemble | Big Twins Cultural Music and Dance Ensemble | Garifuna Cultural Band | Nkonsonkonson SDA Drill Team | Zick Drummer | Mikaelle Cartright | Kapashanti and more!!!
Heritage and Culture
Attendees will be witness to the colorful regalia and display of a customary Durbar, a procession of Chiefs and Ghanaian Queen Mothers, valued social and sacred institutions within the Ghanaian culture. Included in the procession will be the Asantefuohene of New York, Nana Amaniampong, Nana Kofi Yartel III and Nana Dokuah.
The influence of Ghanaians and the Ghanaian culture has and continues to extend its reach beyond its shores. This is evidenced in the achievements of Ghanaian across all industries – education, sports, technology, the arts, and business – and the cultural expression of people from the Caribbean and African Americans alike who find their ancestral and genealogical lineage in Ghana among other West African countries.
The event will feature fashion and textile, most notably the kente cloth, a handwoven textile of the Akan people of Ghana, which took center stage in the 2018 Afrofuturistic blockbuster hit Black, will be in full display at the event.
Family, Food, & Community
There’s nothing like good ol’ Ghanaian food to keep the family and community spirit going! Come along and enjoy a plate of jollof - or two!
Vendors will be on hand to offer attendees the chance to purchase traditional African attire, crafts, soaps, and fragrance – mementos of the annual event.
Childhood games such as aware, an ancient board game still played in the homes and playgrounds of Ghanaians across the globe, and ampeh, a clever game of fancy feet, syncopated hand clapping, and catchy rhymes will be taught and played by children and nostalgic adults alike. Kids, get ready for face painting, festive food, and lots of crafts to keep you entertained!
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