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The Black Cowboy Parade

Always held the first Saturday of October, the Black Cowboy Parade is an exciting historic part of Oakland, California. For over 25 years, the parade has been an annual event in the city, and is held in memory of the black cowboys that helped to settle the western region of our country.

Riding their horses in the parade, cowboys and cowgirls are dressed as their early Western counterparts might be, wearing cowboy hats, vests, chaps, boots and spurs.

Documentation consists of two videotapes of the 25th Annual Black Cowboy Parade, held in Oakland October 2, 1999, and a videotape made by KTOP-TV entitled "Don't Leave Out the Cowboys."

Originally submitted by: Barbara Lee, Representative (9th District).



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