Annie Malone Parade takes over downtown streets

ST. LOUIS (KSDK) – Baseball traffic combined with the Cardinals game caused a headache for many drivers downtown. But that didn't stop parade-goers from making their way to Market Street for a 100 year old celebration.

The parade kicked off on Market and 20th Street and ended on Broadway. The event honors Annie Malone, the founder of Poro College and the noted children's home that carries her name.

Karen Wood has been marching in the parade for more than 20 years, and she's glad its legacy continues to this day.

"Annie Malone has been a valuable pillar in the St. Louis community, giving back to orphans and misfortunate children," she said.

The Annie Malone parade is one of the nation's oldest African American parades.

It raises money for the Children and Family Service Center, which helps families in crisis.


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