This So-Called Post-Post-Racial Life

October 6, 2009

Scenes from the Sidelines: Circle City Classic Parade 2009

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They say everybody loves a parade.

If true, then everybody would especially love the annual Circle City Classic Parade.

This year’s musical theme (like the theme of Black Expo) was Michael Jackson. “Pretty Young Thing”—a jam even on a bad day—is even better when played by a full marching band and fronted by an MJ impersonator. You have not seen a “Thriller” line dance until you have seen it performed by about 60 young people carrying band instruments and batons and giant colorful flags. Almost every marching band from middle schoolers to college had an MJ homage.

And Gary Roosevelt High School was one of the main bands representing their hometown hero with a musical tribute.

As I have already said here, my kid got a chance to meet Olympic swimmer, Cullen Jones.

Our governor also came over and said a few words to her, patted the top of her Blues Clues cap, and told her to stay in school. She looked at him strangely (“Why wouldn’t I stay in school, Mommy?”) and asked me who that man was. I told her she had just spoken with the governor of our state. She was not impressed. I guess he is no Cullen Jones.

I must be old. I did not know that Master P and his son Romeo (I guess no longer lil) passed by until a group of young female fans started squeeling and begging to be put in the video they’d be filming at halftime of the game.

All the Black Greeks were in full force, wearing their colors proudly and stepping.

Wendy Williams rode by and was flattered when That One Section (the one who is so organized every year, with their chorus of personal hellos to the passing dignitaries) said in unison “How you doin!”

The Madam CJ Walker impersonator rode by waving a hot comb.

All the beauty queens in their princess gowns waved their beauty queen waves.

Overheard from a first timer from out of town, “I had no idea Indianapolis had this many Black folks.”

Overheard from every other child: “Mama/Nana/Daddy can I get a t-shirt/candy/hat?”

Everybody loves a parade. The firetruck from the Black Firefighters Association rode by, signaling the end of this one, at least for this year. The bands—the Tuskegee University Marching Crimson Piper Band and the Alabama A & M Marching Maroon and White—would meet each other again on the field of Lucas Oil Stadium at halftime for the famous “Battle of the Bands.”

Oh yes. There was also a football game on either side of the halftime show.

See you downtown next year!



  1. Thanks for such a great article… I am Alumni of Gary Roosevelt c/o 90 and I am always proud to see my school still doing their thing around the state at parades and such… The Circle City Classic is by far— one of the most attended events for all the blacks in and around Indiana each and every year as well as the Black Expo for as long as I can remember.

    Chicago has one a black college classic every year and growing up 30 minutes from downtown Chi… I never hear rumblings of ppl going to their classic—its always Indy and a 2 1/2 hour drive!

    The Authority of whats happening where you are

    Comment by Ryan — October 12, 2009 @ 9:57 am

  2. Thanks for representing, Ryan! When the GRH band marched by, our whole section gave them a standing O. In our group were many folks that hailed–at one point or another—from “The Region.” I am sorry to say I had not heard of Chicago’s classic. I will have to look it up.

    But yeah, I’m sure Indy’s cannot be matched. LOL 😉

    Comment by pprscribe — October 12, 2009 @ 12:11 pm

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