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Photos & Video: West African Community Throws Itself A Party

West African pride was on display May 20.


The township’s West African community showed its pride May 20 with a parade and festival.

Headed by its Grand Marshall, state Assemblyman Joe Danielsen (D-17) and Marshall, Mayor Phil Kramer, the parade set off from Sts. Peter & Paul Church and made its way up Hamilton Street for several blocks.

Danielsen, Kramer, other members of the Township Council and invited dignitaries rode on one float, and were followed by a float occupied by a DJ and dancers.

Also marching were members of the Nation of Islam mosque on Hamilton Street and the We Care Organization.

The entourage made its way to Naaman Williams Park for the second part of the festivities.

Danielsen was made an honorary chief – Chief Asiwaju – and was presented with a chief’s regalia.

The festival for a short time became a political rally with the appearance of Phil Murphy, a Democratic candidate for Governor, and U.S. Sen. Cory Booker.

There was also a soccer tournament among several West African teams.

The event was sponsored by the West African Community Foundation and the Hamilton Street Business District.

We were live for the parade’s preparation:

Pre-African Day Parade

Posted by The Franklin Reporter & Advocate on Saturday, May 20, 2017

 

Assemblyman Danielsen being made an honorary chief:

2017 Africa Day Parade and Festival

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