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Oakland’s 6th Annual “Black Joy Parade” & Street Festival (2023)

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Sunday, February 26, 2023 - 12:30 pm to 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE
14th St. and Franklin St. (Oakland) | 14th St & Franklin St Oakland, CA 94612

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Join us for the largest free, family-friendly event of its kind in California. A parade and festival to celebrate the Black experience past, present and future. We invite you to come be present, be creative, be open and be free.

It’s our 6th year as a volunteer-run organization and movement which means Sunday, February 26, 2023 will be a bold celebration of the community and culture we’ve all created together.

If you’ve been to The Black Joy Parade before then you already know! It’s time to show up and show out for us, by us. If this is your first time, then get ready to see, hear, feel and move to more Black joy than you ever imagined.

What’s at The Black Joy Parade?

  • 200+ Black owned vendors including food, drinks, clothing, handmade items and more.
  • 2 stages of Black performances, including a soon to be announced headliner and The Black Joy Choir
  • Activities for the whole family at Lil Joy for kids, Games n’ Grooves and Healing Village.
  • The Black Joy Parade official merch
  • And of course the largest Black Joy Parade procession in the country!

The parade begins on 14th and Franklin in downtown Oakland, Ca at 12:30pm PST. Following the parade, the festival begins at 12pm and ends at 7pm. The main entrance into the festival is 19th and Franklin Streets.

Admissions are free for all so bring your friends and family! If you’re able, please donate via Eventbrite or here ahead of time to support the movement. Black Joy Parade is volunteer-run org and a registered 501c3. All donations go to support local artists and production of the event.


The parade will begin on February 26, 2023 at the intersection of 14 St. and Franklin St. Oakland, CA at 12:30 PM.

We will finish the parade at the corner of Franklin and 19th St., and celebrating in the blocks between there and 21st St.


The main entry to the Celebration Site is on 19th and Franklin St. There are many activations within the Celebration Site including two stages, vendors, bars, food and much more.

Parliament Funkadelic featuring George Clinton

Artelia Green and the Bandanas • Brian Henry • Shawn William & Prentice Powell • Jwalt • Marjé • MVND • Black Joy Choir

Guapdad 4000

Coco & Breezy • Mari Taylor • Michael Sneed • D’Mani Thomas • Afrobeats Oakland Resident DJs (Juan G., Tiedye Trippin, Koko)

BNB Wings n Things | Deep Fried Kale | Delicious Dishez | Frickin Fried | Gourmonade | Jollof Kitchen | Mi Granny’s Kitchen | Oceanview | Pound Bizness | Ribs n Things | Sharde Cottonham | Shef Catering Services | Teescakes Cheesecakes | The Lemonade Bar | Uhuru Foods & Pies | Vegan Hood Chefs


12:30 – 2:30p Parade
12:30 – 6:00p Celebration Site
• Lil Joy
• Healing Village
• Skating Rink
• Games & Grooves
• Food + Bars
• Hennessy Lounge
• Black Vines
• and more
7:00p End

Disclaimer: Please double check event information with the event organizer as events can be canceled, details can change after they are added to our calendar, and errors do occur.

Cost: FREE
Categories: *Top Pick*, Fairs & Festivals, In Person, Outdoors
Venue: 14th St. and Franklin St. (Oakland)
Address: 14th St & Franklin St Oakland, CA 94612