For the 13th year in a row families and friends lined Blue Hill Avenue in Mattapan for The Haitian American Unity Parade.
Pictured: Ange Bellie, 8, watched spectators as her float traveled along the route.
The day of music, dancing, and celebration rolled down the thoroughfare Sunday afternoon, leaving from Mattapan Square and eventually ending at Harambee Park.
Pictured: Bergeline Francois, 13, of Malden carried the Haitian flag in the parade.
Featuring bands, plenty of local politicians, and entertainment, the annual event shows off the best of Mattapan and its residents.
Pictured: Politicians and parade officials lined up preparing to start the parade.
The event was awash with entertainment from marching bands to local cheerleading squads.
Pictured: Members of the Mattapan Patriots Cheerleaders showed off their moves Sunday.
Although the parade celebrates the contributions Haitians have made to Boston and Mattapan, the event also celebrates the contributions of all immigrants.
Pictured: Youth from the Nigerian American Community Organization Inc. performed during the parade.
A number of dance troupes entertained the crowd along the approximately two-mile route.
Pictured: Leanette Capo, 17, led the South End Dynamite dance group in Sunday’s parade.
Area schools and nonprofits were also well represented Sunday.
Pictured: Students, parents, and faculty from the Charles R. Taylor Elementary School marched along Blue Hill Avenue.
Thousands took park in Sunday’s parade, waving Haitian flags and dancing to traditional music as they celebrated a country and a people that have left a mark on the city and the neighborhood.
Pictured: Area youths walked with participants.
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