The African American Day Parade

So I love living in Harlem for many reasons... but this is definitely one of them. Every year I watch the parade from my living room window. So this year I decided to take some pics and video so that if you weren't here you can get a glimse of the Harlem Experience.

First the floats...








Doug E. Fresh gave me a shout out... he stopped right in front of my window and was like biggups to my peoples watching from their windows... it made me smile... I love me some Dougie

Now on to the dancers



Peep this gay dude that had these little girls dancing all stank-a-dank

which got me thinking, why the heck are all these dance troops led by gay men? What happened to the women dance teachers. I was a flag twirler, baton thrower, and on the dance troop and all my teachers were women... but look how the times have changed



Anyway, here are some kids that can really dance

and this little chunky girl right here... she was the best one out there... and too cute




Then these 40 y.o. women trying to drop it and barely make it had me cracking up


this dancer was so bold... she had so much flab hanging out over everywhere and was standing strong in her bikini top... the pic does her a lot of justice They also had some dancers on skates... this was my first time seeing them


Now what are dancers without the band



Now you know you can't have a parade without seeing some crazy stuff




And this is for the F*&K It List, please tell your cousins to stop bringing their street work out to the parade...lol


We also had a little martial arts

and then these bad kids with bikes that are always whipping and weaving threw the entire parade... last year a couple of them got jacked up by police... this year they figured instead of terrorizing the parade, they would do a little show



Some Obama supporters




and I'll end with some other random photos







45 comments

Ms. Lovely September 22, 2008 at 12:26 PM

Yes, what did that gay dude teach those girls??? It's sooo much more to dancing than flailing some arms and snappin in circles. Chile Please!

Anywho, I would love to look out my window and see somethin like that!

Sweet KeiKei September 22, 2008 at 1:07 PM

yeah that's definitely dope that u can look out your window and see the parade.

and ur right dance aint all about shakin yo ass for every dance move....my baby would NOT have been apart of that dance ensemble. to me the little girls were laughin and even looking a lil embarassed

Smarty Jones September 22, 2008 at 1:26 PM

LMAO @ the gay dude dance instructors.
IDK where they came from. They really did come out of nowhere.
You got some nice pictures, Eb. So I guess we'll be adding photography to your repetoire. ;-)

Super Dave Van Buren September 22, 2008 at 1:51 PM

looks like my people did they thing.

Nola.Divine September 22, 2008 at 3:01 PM

I didn't realize how much I miss the parades until I saw your pictures...Now I can't wait to go home for Mardi Gras!

Ticia September 22, 2008 at 3:46 PM

Looks like a lot of fun - reminds me Bud Biliken parade on the southside of Chicago -

laughing808 September 22, 2008 at 4:27 PM

looks like it was a fun parade. thanks for sharing.

Oh and I love the tribute to Sean Bell.

Thoughts of a Southern gal September 22, 2008 at 5:03 PM

I can tell a gay dude taught them that dance.

Ms. Jones September 22, 2008 at 5:21 PM

Thanks for the update, you are always looking out :)

Emeritus September 22, 2008 at 5:33 PM

damn i miss my Harlem. Btw, I am so sorry I'm not in your hood or I would've holla'd for sure. But I might come down for Thanksgiving so if your in the city?

The True Urban Queen aka Sharon September 22, 2008 at 5:48 PM

That was not dancing. That was a hott mess. Having those baby's out there doing that stuff.

Interesting parade.

Beautifully.Conjured.Up September 22, 2008 at 6:01 PM

This looks like a cross between Freaknik and the gay parade...lmao, at the gay dance teacher!!!!

Kryssy September 22, 2008 at 6:57 PM

oh wow!! That looks like it was FUN! Every single float looked like it was full to capacity... lol
I REFUSE to comment on the Gay dancer and his group.. that was too much!

Andre September 22, 2008 at 7:28 PM

Where's the mccain float? LOL

But yeah it does look pretty cool to see, evenb though I'm waaay to ansy to watch a parade...

clnmike September 22, 2008 at 8:19 PM

Why havent I heard of this?

kiki September 22, 2008 at 8:56 PM

they have the same parade in DC ..except the 40something women in bikini tops who shouldn't be in them

and the gay guy got those poor babies looking like future strippers ...damn shame

Mizrepresent September 22, 2008 at 10:13 PM

Girl, i loved the pics...reminded me of the parades i used to attend back in Gary...that was so much fun!

Keith September 22, 2008 at 10:23 PM

Great Pics Eb...Thanks for stopping by today..I still love you,
even if you are a Dallas Cowboys fan,ughhh!!! I'll forgive you for that.-lololol. After Football season we can really be friends all the way.

CapCity September 22, 2008 at 10:43 PM

I wish I KNEW where U were, Eb - cuz my girl, DKM & I got caught up in the f&%#ery & fray! Lawd, YOUR people! I had to rest my feet & nerves at Nectar afterwards - u know ANY excuse'll do;-).

CapCity September 22, 2008 at 10:53 PM

PS - in case u missed it & don't know what i'm referring to - i don't know what "broke out" but just as the sun was dropping folk just started runnin' & u know it was WAYYYY too many of us, too much heat, & too many folk under all kinds of influences! It was time for me to GO! I haven't seen anything in the news but did find another blog who reported:
HipHopRepublican. Though, not too sure how much we can believe a republican. lol. ...but there were helicopters & PO-PO ALL OVAH da place when we left the wine spot after 9pm, so I'm glad to see another day & not get caught up in someone else's IGNANCE!

Big Cheekz September 22, 2008 at 11:41 PM

u got some good pics to have been watching from your window! i visited Harlem for the first time last year & i want to go back. NYC as a whole was a nice city.

Keisha "Kitten" Isaacs September 23, 2008 at 12:24 AM

That looked like a fun parade.....nice pictures...made me wish I was there!

Suite B September 23, 2008 at 1:37 AM

Why is the man with the flame up his ass teaching those kids to dance damn nasty...that was not even funny.

O.K. the old ladies I swear I love to see them in action in a parade. Here we have the May Day parade and those little old ladies come in from all over to march in the parade and every year they make me feel like I need to step up my game...LOL

Eb the Celeb September 23, 2008 at 7:00 AM

@CAP - No I had no idea... the parade is like 6 hours long.. I stopped watching around 4 so I could concentrate on football and didn't hear anything... so I guess it wasn't too close to my crib... next time hit me up... you know you can always crash the crib

B September 23, 2008 at 8:27 AM

Dang that looks like madd fun. One time for the martial arts! Yes, some of us Black folx do get into that!! And I'm dyin' at some of these dancers. Reminds me of my many years being in FAMU Homecoming parades. Great pictures!

Super Woman September 23, 2008 at 10:31 AM

u know whats sad about the black parade [which is what i call it] ...i see more black-americans at the puertorican and dominican day parades then i see at their own

tsk tsk

The Jaded NYer September 23, 2008 at 10:51 AM

I'm reading this and ejoying the pics and the videos all peaceful and whatnot... and then...

you just HAD to mention The F$%K-It List's cousins!!! CHILD I'm laughing soooooo hard remembering those dudes from the yard at Wingate!!!!

LMAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

Eb the Celeb September 23, 2008 at 10:56 AM

@jaded - lol, I knew you would get it... everytime I see them now I think of her...lmao!

Tee aka The Diva's Thoughts September 23, 2008 at 10:59 AM

Oh my goodness I am loving those pics! I wish I was there to see all this first hand.

Darius T. Williams September 23, 2008 at 7:17 PM

Loving the pics...and LT's sweater and shirt are cute! I'd wear that. Randomocity - hilarioius!

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Stew September 24, 2008 at 2:21 AM

looks like loads of fun.

also looks like it was long as hell

Brown Girl Gumbo September 24, 2008 at 10:09 AM

Cute Halloween outfit! :-)

That R. Kelly interview was TERRIBLE!! I have to watch the parody now. Thanks for posting it, as well as the article on the abortion rate. I like to be informed!

Jackie E. September 24, 2008 at 10:47 AM

Loved the halloween outfit...

LOL@ men learning how to pee!

R Kelly is still wack as ever

You and I need to switch bodies cause I can't seem to gain any weight and I've been trying...

Doctor September 24, 2008 at 2:50 PM

as a man I can address 2 things:

some of us can iron...but why iron...when you can throw it in the drier...and it'll take care of it for you

Piss stains...I don't know what to tell you...my daddy always said women care about your kitchen and bathroom...so keep it clean boy

Miss Moody September 25, 2008 at 2:34 AM

The guy in the halloween pic with the big nose is suppose to be Humpty. He made a song called the "Humpty Dance?" The song is like "do me baby...do the humpty hump, do the humpty hump." lol. I know you've heard it. It's from late 80's early or 90's.

Eb the Celeb September 25, 2008 at 7:16 AM

@ Stew - it was long as hell... It starting at one and by 4 I was bored... I dont even know when it ended because I took a little nap so I could be fresh for my cowboys game sundy night

@jackie - dont play with me girl... shoot I would take your body over mine any day

J. McFly September 25, 2008 at 10:47 AM

All the NYC PArades are crazy though, you didn't say anything about people getting shot so it must of been a good day. The west indian day parade always get shot up

Pajnstl September 25, 2008 at 10:53 AM

Why is the dog pink? I'm confused

looks like it was a fun day :)

DollFace September 25, 2008 at 9:23 PM

Damn girl...I didn't even know about this.

The F$%K it List September 25, 2008 at 9:47 PM

And this is for the F*&K It List, please tell your cousins to stop bringing their street work out to the parade...lol

Look Ray and 'Dem have to get their Oz type workout somewhere. They said to tell you they ain't trying to do another bid!

HAHAH. The Mr. said he has seen those guys out there every night not just on concert nights.

Eb the Celeb September 25, 2008 at 9:58 PM

@ j mcfly - they actually said there was a shooting... later on that night though after it was over and people were still in the streets just hanging out... I didn't hear anything about it though until the next day

@patrice- the dog is purple and IDK why they died it but purple is my fav color so I wanted to steal the little critter... he was so cute

@dollface - sorry girl... you know I would have invited you over... next year I am just going to have a party at the crib because Capcity wants to chill too

@ f it - so I guess your cousins dont have a job then since they are out there all day everyday...lol... that one body was banging though... you see his six pack.. almost forgot for 2 seconds that he's an ex-con...lol

DJ Black Adam September 29, 2008 at 6:10 PM

Wow, beats the hell out of our Bud Bilikin parade (simply by you all having a much better and in my opinion meaningful name of your parade in Harlem.)

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