Krewe of Harambee parade route

Here's the path for the Krewe of Harambee parade

Parade Date: Monday, January 20

Start Time: 1:00 pm

Krewe of Harambee Parade Route: Parade starts at Milam Street and Common Street and heads east. Turns left (north) on to Edwards Street. Turns left (west) on to Texas Street. When the parade reaches Common Street, it will jog north to Sprague Street. The Harambee parade routes ends at Douglas Street.

About the krewe…

Krewe of Harambee parade

Krewe of Harambee began as an idea started after organizing two Mardi Gras parties in 1998 and 1999. Mr. Clifton Davis, Theron Jackson and Lynn Braggs began discussing the possibility of formulating an African American Krewe. It was discussed that the krewe should promote minority involvement in the Mardi Gras season in the spirit of the African-American culture in the Shreveport-Bossier area. In the fall of 1999 Theron Jackson, Saundra Bingham and Roxanne Johnson convened the first meeting of what would become the Krewe of Harambee at 501 Marshall St. At that meeting, the name Harambee was suggested by Jackson and with mutual consent it was agreed that that would be the recommended name to be ratified by charter members. Harambee is a Swahili word meaning “LET’S PULL TOGETHER.” For more information, check out their website.

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