LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A parade will be held along Crenshaw Boulevard Sunday to mark the beginning of Kwanzaa, a weeklong celebration.

The parade is expected to begin at noon at the corner of Crenshaw and Adams boulevards and will conclude south along Crenshaw to Leimert Park with a festival held at the park thereafter.

“Improving Ourselves Naturally” is the theme of the 34th annual Kwanzaa Gwaride Parade and will focus on lowering obesity, reducing hypertension and preventing diabetes, according to Tammy Lee of People of Color, the parade’s organizers.

Eve Allen, a doctor of alternative healing practices, will be the Iyaba (queen) of the parade and the herbalist and record producer Doctah B Sirius will be the oba (king).

Kwanzaa was created in 1966 by Maulana Karenga, now a professor in Cal State Long Beach’s Department of Africana Studies in what he called “an audacious act of self-determination.”

“In its most essential understanding and expression, Kwanzaa is a celebration of family, community and culture with each providing a context and commitment of common ground, cooperative practice and shared good,” Karenga wrote in his annual founder’s message.

“Kwanzaa is a celebration of the family which first forms us, names, nurtures and sustains us and teaches us upright and uplifting ways to understand and assert ourselves in the world.”

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Comments (4)
  1. Richard in Castaic says:

    “Doctah B Sirius”

    Eve Allen, a “doctor of alternative healing practices”

    Suddenly Kwannza sounds like something I might enjoy! This sounds like a party! Are white people encouraged to participate in Kwannza? Already I can tell this this is *way* better than Christmas. If they’d rather white people didn’t get in on Kwannza, that’s cool, I respect that, but this sounds awesome and I’d like to be a part of it.

  2. George C says:

    I celebrate Festivus
    It also started in 1966
    and requires only a stick
    and that you wrestle with your father

  3. Ankhenaten says:

    Alternate healing,Herbalist
    Code words for pot-heads
    And you wonder why our country is
    in the Shiz

  4. enhager says:

    To see what you’re missing, see the Kwanzaa videos and photos uploaded to LeimertParkBeat.com by Leimert Park residents.

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