Until recent years, San Bernardino’s Black History Parade was held in the area of the city generally known as the Westside, forming around California St. proceeding down Baseline, and ending before ‘E’ Street.
The crowds were biggest near the reviewing stand, located in front of the then Tillie’s Mortuary. Parade start times were earlier, which meant that marchers were to arrive and line up much earlier, often when temperatures could be 10 to 20 degrees cooler.
Strong disapproval of the decisions to move the Black History Parade to downtown San Bernardino continues among some long time supporters, while others praise the decisions and results.
This year marked the San Bernardino Black Culture Foundation’s 43rd Annual Black History Parade themed “Give Thanks to the Past, Appreciate the Present and Leave a legacy for the future.”
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