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Friday, October 1, 2010

36th Annual Black Cowboy Parade & Festival

Oakland Black Cowboy Association’s

36th Annual Parade and Festival

Saturday, October 2, 2010

DeFremery Park, Oakland, CA

For more than 30 years, people have enjoyed the pageantry of the Black Cowboy Parade, filling the streets of Oakland. From trick riders to equestrian units, the event showcases the finest horses drill teams, marching bands, and all sorts of entertainment at this event held the first Saturday in October annually. Annual Oakland Black Cowboy Parade & Festival is held in memory of the black cowboys who helped to settle the American West.

The parade is an exciting historic part of Oakland.


On Saturday, the cowboys will once again take to Oakland's streets, thanks to Dunn's call to what seems like an unlikely source of parade route security: Shadows of the Knight, a black motorcycle club based in Oakland. Shadows of the Knight has been going strong for seven years and has 47 members, many of whom were friends back at Castlemont High. This affiliation was the catalyst for their insignia, which is a combination of the Castlemont Knight and shield from the Oakland Raiders.

This year the Grand Marshal of the parade will be Black Country western singer Miko Marks. Ms. Oakland is on schedule to participate as well.


Dust off those cowboy boots and celebrate the 36th Annual Black Cowboy Parade, the only parade and celebration of its kind in the United States!

This historic parade begins at DeFremey Park at 18th St and Adeline and travels through Old West Oakland on 14th St, around Lowell Park.

Following the parade, the festival at DeFremery Park will host food vendors, feature nationwide cowboys and trick riders, and activities including horse and pony rides for all ages.


The Oakland Black Cowboy Association, a not-for-profit organization, has spent over three decades enlightening children and adults with the contributions of people of color in the settling of the West. This vision continues today with its annual parade and festival. People from all walks of life attend this one of a kind parade and festival which features nationwide cowboys, trick riders, schools community organizations, and local businesses.
In addition to the parade and festival, the Oakland Black Cowboy Association hosts dances, conducts speaking engagements and community events promoting the contributions of people of color to the Old West.