Expressions of a Culture – The 2022 Black History Parade Rolls Through Natchitoches!

Over 30 units rolled through our city Saturday, February 12 in the Natchitoches Black History Parade. The parade, themed “Expressions of a Culture”, began on Texas St. and went through Martin Luther King St. and concluded at the Ben D. Johnson Center.

NSU president Dr. Marcus Jones served as Grand Marshal with NCHS Alumna Miss Anastasia Nelson as Queen. Natchitoches Mayor Ronnie Williams and First Lady Tiffany Williams were on hand for the first Black History Parade of his term. The hard-working and studious young men and women of the Weaver Elites performed for the spectators. Community leaders from the school board and city council were joined by churches, NSU’s African American Caucus, National Pan-Hellenic Council and civic groups. Campti Mayor Laron Winslow also joined in the parade. Eager spectators lined the route as the parade rolled by. Children were treated to candy and throws from the parade’s many participants. The parade ended at the Ben D. Johnson Center where the facility held an open house to showcase their community programs. In addition to their well-known community garden and Legacy Café, the center also has a well regarded job readiness and training program aimed at preparing young people for the workforce. The center is also starting a community food bank. The Ben D, Johnson Center is a definite force for good in our city!

The Natchitoches Black History Parade was more than family fun. The event was also a celebration of the history, resiliency and accomplishments of our African-American community.