The community saw thousands of people enjoy beautiful 80 degree weather and the best conditions in several years for the 29th Annual Riverside Black History Parade.
Mayor Ron Loveridge, all of the City Council members, members of the Human Relations Commission, representatives from the Fire Department and Police Chief Russ Leach, were in the parade which is still chaired by Dell and Carmen Roberts. Jumping cars, equestrian entries, about 50 motorcycles, drill teams, schools, businesses and organizations made up the exciting event that was followed by an expo.
The opening ceremonies included a moment of silence for longtime equestrian judge, Mr. Jim Real, who passed away. Following the moment of silence Jeannie Gaines sang Amazing Grace and the new equestrian judge was introduced. Mr. White is the 14-year Fancy Western State Champion and is seen every year at the Rose Parade. He was joined by drill and marching team judges: Doris Blanchard, Jeannie Gaines, Stephannie Thomas Ross, Jeffery Graham, James Redmond, Lawrence Davison, Marshall Anderson and Melvin Lucas.
Division leaders included Mrs. Miley Davis, Presiding Judge Richard T. Field; Judge Irma Poole Asberry both breaking the glass ceiling, Field's is the first Black judge in Riverside Superior Court and she is also the first Black female judge.
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