Riverside, CA

A Community Tradition in Riverside presented by The Adrian Dell and Carmen Roberts Foundation

The theme for the 38th Annual Riverside Black History Parade, Expo and Car Show is “It Takes a Village: Honoring Our Youth.” This year’s parade is proud to recognize today’s youth. 

One such dynamic young leader who act as this year’s Grand Marshall is Whitney Ashley. Ashley is a graduate of John W. North High School, class of 2007. She led the Women’s Track and Field Team at Cerritos College to the CCAA Track and Field Championships where she captured a State title in the Discus and helped her team win the covenant crown of Women’s Track and Field State Championships. She won All-Conference Honors and went on to win a Division I NCAA title in 2012, becoming the first NCAA Champion for San Diego State University in 26 years. Ashley continued on in track and field competing with international competitions on two world championship teams: 2013 Moscow, Russia; and 2015 Beijing, China and earned a place in the 2016 “Rio” Olympics where she placed ninth in the world. 

The 38th Annual Riverside Black History Parade, Expo and Car Show creates a sense of cohesiveness within the community, bringing people together from all walks of life and various cultural backgrounds to celebrate with pride Black History through food, music and fun-filled family activities, attracting thousands of attendees annually. 

A Kick-off Reception for the parade will be held on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017 at 6 p.m. in the multi-purpose Room at Central Middle School in Riverside. Please RSVP at blackhistorykickoffreception.eventbrite.com, or call 951.251.5632. If you are interested in becoming involved by participating in the parade, being a vendor, or sponsoring, forms can be found at www.adcrfoundation.org.