The Oakland Black Cowboys Associates (OBCA) will host its 39th annual Black Cowboys Parade and Festival on Saturday, October 5th.

OBCA continues the legacy of its founders by honoring the men and women who made up 25% of cowboys and settlers that came west after the Civil War. The parade and festival educates the public through literature and special exhibit and presentations on the role black cowboys played in settling and building the Old West.

The new expanded parade route starts at 18th and Adeline, to 18th and Market, to 8th Street, to Union Street back to 16th then Poplar and back to 18th street and DeFremery Park. The festival of music performances, pony rides and delicious foods begins after the parade from 1:00pm-5:00pm.

This year, Oakland City Councilmember Lynette McElhaney will serve as the parade’s Grand Marshall.

For those interested in joining OBCA or to volunteer at this years Back Cowboy’s Parade and Festival, call 510.541.276

Cross posted from The Oakland Post

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