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THE LATE EDWARD "ED" GRANT, EDNA BAKER-CARNEGIE, AND RECENTLY DECEASED DR. CHARLES TWYMAN. At Far Right Is Fred Smith Jr.

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NEW HAVEN — As a little girl, Vinice Burnett dreamed of marching in the Freddie Fixer parade.

This year, that dream will come true.

“I’m so excited that I’m marching this year, it’s like my dream has come true,” said Vinice, 13, a student at Wexler Grant School.

Vinice, a member of F.L.Y. Girls — First Love Yourself — an empowerment group for young girls, said many youths are excited about this year’s parade.

“This is a great way for other people to watch us perform in the neighborhood we grow up in,” said Darriell Allick, 12, a Betsy Ross School student and a member of F.L.Y. Girls. “We hope to inspire other young girls to be themselves and to first love who they are by seeing us have the courage to march in the parade.”

The parade originated in 1962 with a clean-up campaign in the Dixwell Avenue/Newhallville communities after founders and community activists Dr. Frederick Smith, Ed Grant, James Mitchell and others decided to bring children and families together in a unified interest to revive the condition of the their community.

The oldest of its type in the northeast for black Americans, the parade is celebrating 51 years of positive influence and community achievements.

Roberta Durant, parent of a youth who’s marching in the parade said, “It’s good for the kids, and I hope they will bring back all the entertainment from previous years, like the marching bands, which made it really festive and truly exciting.”

“Growing up, it was something I looked forward to as a youth, and I know that our kids will enjoy the community spirit environment,” Durant added.

According to parade organizers, the effort involved all members of the community gathering brooms, rakes, shovels, trash bags, paint and brushes and other tools needed to clean up the streets.

 

In addition, Sunday through May 13 will mark the weeklong citywide cleanup, with other community-related activities scheduled during the week leading up to parade day.

“Along with clean-up efforts, each year the committee selects a particular theme that would be the message the organization wants to convey across the black community,” organizers noted

This year’s theme is “moving forward,” and F.L.Y. Girls organizing mentor Natasha Parkins, 31, said that’s exactly what needs to happen to heal and rebuild the pride of the community.

“There is a past, present and future; let’s be a people who are thinking of ways of a better future for our community,” said Parkins.

“If we are going to be critics and sideliners then we are not going to get anywhere; we have a voice with a historical narrative in New Haven, and to just say we are not going to participate is status quo thinking,” she said. “Let’s not get stuck in the past and indulge the negative stereotypes of the parade, let’s live in the present to make a better tomorrow for our children, and the parade is a part of our community’s legacy in this city.”

In previous years, some have attributed violence to the parade, which in some ways has resulted in lack of support. But Dasia Goubourn, 17, a student at Hamden High School, said she believes the media gives the parade a bad reputation.

“They give a bad name and reputation about the Freddie Fixer parade, but they never blow up all the negative things that happen at the St. Patrick’s Day parade,” Goubourn said. “In so many ways the St. Patrick’s Day Parade is worse than the Freddie Fixer, but because it’s a black parade they call it violent, and that is not the case,”

According to police, a total of 19 custodial arrests and dozens of citations and summons arrests were issued at this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The numbers were an increase from the previous year, police officials said.

A handful of officers sustained minor injuries during the day and most arrests on charges of disorderly conduct.

With regards to the alleged violence linked to the Freddie Fixer event, police have met with parade organizers and the city to prepare for the event, said Lt. Julie Johnson, patrol commander for the department.

 

The parade route is shorter than that of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, and the Freddie Fixer parade went smoothly last year with few incidents, Johnson said.

Exact details in terms of the number of officers who will be on duty haven’t been worked out yet.

Lt. Jeff Hoffman said the Freddie Fixer parade is the third-largest spectator event for police. The St. Patrick’s Day Parade is by far the largest, followed by July 4 activities.

“The Freddie Fixer parade is a time honored tradition in New Haven’s African-American community,” Hillhouse High School Principal and mayoral candidate Kermit Carolina said in a statement. “The event brings back some of my most fondest memories of childhood and adolescence while growing up in New Haven. ... The parade will forever remain a part of me and I’m eagerly looking forward to participating in this year’s festivities.”

Other mayoral candidates are expected to announce their participation in the parade in the coming days.

Police Chief Dean Esserman, Fire Chief Michael Grant and Mayor John DeStefano Jr. have confirmed their attendance at this year’s parade, according to parade organizers.

New Haven Firefighter and community activist Erika Bogan will serve as grand marshal, with the procession slated for 1:30 p.m. May 19, beginning on the corner of Dixwell Avenue and Morse Street in Hamden.

“This (Freddie Fixer) parade is for our community and we hope that people come and join us this year,” said Vanea Burnett, 10, a Wexler Grant student who is marching in the parade. “This parade is about respect and unity for me and so many other young girls, and to see the large crowds of people, shows that the community cares and supports the youth.”

CAMDEN SOPHISTICATED SISTERS - From Camden, New Jersey

AS SEEN ON GOOD MORNING AMERICA ON

MAY 6, 2013

 

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CAMDEN SOPHISTICATED SISTERS FROM CAMDEN, New Jersey 

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This Talented Group Of Young Ladies Will Be In Attendance At This Year's

Annual Freddie Fixer Parade!

 

Please Come Out And Show Your Support To Our Tri-State Neighbors! 

File photo: The Tinytots of the Camden Sophisticated Sisters Drill Team Inc. perform a dance routine during the Love Changes Everything Showcase held at the Cooper B. Hatch Family School in Camden. / CHRIS LaCHALL/COURIER-POST
 
 

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For years, Camden Sophisticated Sisters escaped city vices and hardships inside a water tower, where they danced and dreamed.

On Monday morning, members appeared on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” Members of the drill team captivated the national audience to the tune of Beyonce’s “Get Me Bodied.”

 

They even got a special surprise, in the form of a message to them from pop superstar Beyonce. Now on a world tour, the singer and actress said she was “very, very inspired” by their story, and added that she planned to send them “some love and goodies” and hoped to meet them.

 

The drill team members also learned that they would be receiving donations of 100 custom-made uniform sweaters, provided by Academyuniforms.com and A+ School Apparel, as well as 350 backpacks, provided by Bed, Bath and Beyond.

Founded in 1986 by Jones, Camden Sophisticated Sisters have multiplied their audience this year with appearances on CNN, "Rock Center with Brian Williams" and "Dancing With The Stars."

 

In February, Jones said she was determined to find a center sophisticated enough for her young ladies and men to train.

 

“If I had a proper space with a front door and a back door,” Jones said in February. “I wouldn’t have to constantly turn kids away,” Jones says.

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One Of The Founding Members Of The Freddie Fixer Parade Organization, the late Edward “ED” Grant, In Addition To The Late Dr. Fred Smith, continues to be an inspiration to the true and intended purpose of the Freddie Fixer Parade. It was Ed Grant who fought hard to remind many of the citizens that although it is named the “Freddie Fixer Parade” it was founded on the basis of an ecology program. This is exactly what he emphasized. 

 

Armed with the blueprint from the late Dr. Fred Smith, the late Edward "ED" Grant, the late Edna Baker-Carnegie and the late Charles Twyman, and the Redevelopment Renewal Project the founding members set out to encourage residents in rebuilding their neighborhoods because they were in such "Bad Shape." Those who needed assistance whether it was with painting, trash removal or with repairs, the ultimate goal would be to personify the “Fix-Up Idea.”

 

Ed Grant, along with Charles Twyman would travel through the neighborhoods with truckloads of bricks and shovels teaching residents how to lay down walkways for the elderly, planting gardens and cleaning playgrounds for children.

 

Unbeknownst to many, there was an uphill battle to obtain funds for this event because there was an all white Board of Alderman (Current Day Alders) representing the 30 wards in the City of New Haven, CT. Mr. Grant courageously requested funding anyway without the support of his colleagues. Miraculously, funding was approved by one vote, and he successfully secured a grant for $1,200.00, which was considered to be a substantial amount of money at that time.

 

Mr. Grant also spearheaded recycling efforts that to date are replicated by the City of New Haven’s Public Works Department and Yale University. This was in addition to his dedication to establishing programs that provided assistance for substance abusers and alcoholics, that extended as far away as England.

 

There are many names associated with the evolvement of the parade from a local to a national level. Names include, but are not limited to the following: Jimmy Mitchell, Frank Amado (Columbus Day Parade) Lloyd Davis (Washington, DC.,) Fredland Douglas, Bill Donahue, Mayors Dick Lee and The Late Former New Haven Mayor, Ben Delieto, Jeanne Hogan, John Solomaon, to name a few.

 

 

The current parade organizers are grateful to walk in the footsteps of the late Dr. Fred Smith, Ed Grant, Edna Baker-Carnegie, Charles Twyman, and all of the other founding members of The Freddie Fixer Parade.

 

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President, Freddie Fixer Parade

Freddy Fixer, Inc. 

37 Blake Street

New Haven, CT. 06511

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WHAT IS THE GOAL OF THE FREDDIE FIXER PARADE?

The Goal Of The Freddie Fixer Parade Is To Promote The Philosophy Of The Late Dr. Fred Smith, The Late Edward Grant, The Late Ms. Edna Baker-Carnegie, And Charles Twyman In Promoting Neighborhood Beautification, Recycling And Taking Pride In Our New Haven Neighborhoods.

 

This Of Course Includes STOPPING THE VIOLENCE!

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