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African American Day Parade 2017: Street closures, MTA info

The parade will march through Harlem this Sunday.
African American Day Parade
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This Sunday at 1 p.m., the African American Day parade will march through Harlem.

The 48th annual African American Day Parade (AADP) celebrates black culture and heritage, and is happening Sunday, September 17.

The parade is held every year on the third Thursday in September and is considered to be the largest African American parade in the country, with around 700,000 people attending, and a host of floats, marching bands, fraternities, sororities, dance groups, community organizations and local politicians moving along the parade route.

This year, the African American Day Parade is honoring African-American health care professionals.

According to the African American Day Parade website, the African American Day Parade is considered a National Parade, with more than 200 participating organizations from around the country.

The African-American Day Parade was founded in 1968 by the Afro-American Day and United Federation of Black Community Organizations and has been going strong each year ever since.

If you’re planning on going to the parade here is what you need to know:

African American Day Parade info

The parade starts at 1 p.m. and ends at 6 p.m.

The parade will move along Adam Clayton Powel Blvd. from 111th Street to 136th Street. 

African American Day Parade street closures

According to the New York City Police Department and the Department of Transportation, the following streets will be closed in the area from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.:

— 111th Street between Frederick Douglass Boulevard and Malcolm X Boulevard

— 113th Street between 8th Avenue and Malcolm X Boulevard

— 112th Street between 8th Avenue and Malcolm X Boulevard

— St. Nicholas Avenue between 115th Street and 112th Street

— Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard between 110th Street and 142nd Street

— 135th Street between Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard and Malcolm X Boulevard

— 136th Street between Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard and Malcolm X Boulevard

— 137th Street between Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard and Malcolm X Boulevard

— Malcolm X Boulevard between 136th Street and 139th Street

— 132nd Street between 7th Avenue and Malcolm X Boulevard

— 126th Street between 8th Avenue and Malcolm X Boulevard

— Frederick Douglass Boulevard between West 127th Street and West 128th Street

How to get to the parade

If you're using the NYC subway, take the A, B, C, 2, 3, 4 or 5 to 125th Street and walk to Adam Clayton Powel Jr. Blvd. 

For those using the Metro North, get off at the 125th Station and walk over to Adam Clayton Powel Jr. Blvd. 

MTA service changes

Due to the parade, the M2/M2 LTD buses will be rerouted from Adam Clayton Powel Jr. Blvd between 110 St. and 145 St to Malcolm X Blvd.

 
 
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