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City of Perris Unites to Celebrate Black History Month

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By Ashley A. Jones

The city of Perris hosted its 7th annual Black History Parade on Saturday, February 23, 2008, commemorating the lives and accomplishments of our African American heroes.

Despite the threat of gloomy weather conditions, the show continued on with a parade beginning at approximately 10:15 in the morning. Participating talent included: Perris Hills High School ROTC, Junior ROTC, and Cheerleaders, Freedom Christian Church, the Sunnymead Middle School Stallion Band, Saffire Drill Team and Drum Squad, Riverside Transit Agency, City of Perris Fire Department, Team Focus, the A-team Equestrian group, and many more.

Also in attendance were Mayor Daryl Busch of Perris, Edward Agundez, Superintendent of Perris Schools and Councilwoman Rita Rogers, who was selected Grand Marshall over the 7th Annual Black History Parade.

"It's a privilege and an honor to be selected as the Grand Marshall for this parade, we are so blessed to have sunny skies today because everyone was worried about the rain, but we stood on faith that God would make a beautiful day for this wonderful Black History parade. I think what I liked the best was all of our youth drill teams from our schools in the Perris and Val Verde School Districts," said Councilwoman Rogers.

At the conclusion of the parade, participants and members of the audience celebrated the day further by enjoying great food, fun, and performances delivered by various artists from the community. Several awards and trophies went out to the participating groups, including a special gift awarded to the Grand Marshall, Councilwoman Rita Rogers.

Among the award-winners were Sunnymead Middle School, Perris Hills High School Cheerleaders, Saffire Drill Team, Lakeview Jr. Equestrian, the A-team Equestrian Group, African American Museum of Perris, and Freedom Community Church, and many more.

"The best part for me is to see all the people come together and make a concerted effort to make the Black History Parade a great contribution to the community. Just seeing everyone come together, that's the best part for me, not any particular group, just all of us coming together," said Pastor Griggs of Greater Light Community Church of Perris.

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