ANDERSON — Despite having to deal with a new location, the Anderson Black Expo Parade went off without a hitch Saturday afternoon.
Locals gathered along Main and Jackson streets to see 52 floats and cars wind their way through downtown Anderson.
Mecca Andrews, one of the parade organizers, said she thought the parade was great.
“It was a little tough dealing with the change of venue,” Andrews said. “But once we figured out the route, it was a little easier.”
The expo and parade historically were held at Jackson Park, which Andrews said was a much easier place to stage the floats. This year, Main Street had to be shut down well before the parade began so the cars, trucks and floats could be set up.
“Trying to get everyone staged was definitely the biggest issue,” she said. “But I think it went well.”
She also was pleased with the turnout, both in the parade participants and parade viewers.
“With an event like a parade, you always want more people to come and watch,” Andrews said. “But for the first time in a new location, this was a good turnout.”
One of the parade viewers was Gerald Wright, who made the trek from Indianapolis to come support the Anderson Black Expo. He said it has been four or five years since he had been up to this expo, but he wanted to come and see the parade and experience the downtown venue.
“This is a positive organization, and I think we need more of that in the community,” Wright said. “I’ve heard all the controversy about location-wise where this was, but you still have to support it. I’m OK with wherever it is as long as they’re doing it positively.”
Wright said he thought the parade was pretty good, although he thought there could have been more floats and entertainment.