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Honorable Mayor Toni N. Harp, New Haven, Connecticut
Honorable Mayor Toni N. Harp, New Haven, CT.
*The Official Grand Marshal For The 53rd Annual Freddie Fixer Parade - Al Lucas - Director Of Legislative Services, New Haven Board Of Alders!
Al Lucas - Freddie Fixer Parade 2015 Grand Marshal
Mr. Lucas, 47, is a son of the late Carolyn V. Lucas and the late Albert C. Lucas, both of New York. He is married to Marjorie McFarlane-Lucas the Senior Vice President of Strategic Legal
Solutions and the son- in-law of Legent and Deloris McFarlane.
He is the Director of Legislative Services for the Board of Alders in New Haven, Connecticut. A position he has held since 1998 when he was the first African American and the youngest person to be
appointed to this chief of staff position. He is often featured as a motivational speaker especially for, to, and about urban youth and political affairs.
A man of first, he was a founder and first President of the New Haven Pan Hellenic Council, and a founder, and first Board Chairman of the Young Voices Initiative a teen leadership program, first
president of the Yale Black Alumni Association's Connecticut Chapter, a founder of the Empowering Black Boys Initiative, and a founder of Cul- De-Sac a private consulting group for student leadership
and non-profit development.
He is also a member of the Board of the Amistad Chapter of Blacks in Government, an interviewer for the Yale Alumni Schools Committee, and the A Better Chance Program, a charter member of the St.
George’s School Board of Visitors, a certified parliamentarian and a four time championship coach and now commissioner of the New Haven Midnight Basketball Association. He is as a member of the St.
George’s School Alumni of Color, the Immanuel Missionary Baptist Church in New Haven and X2theL.Com an online music portal, the New Haven Chapter of the committee for Veterans Legal Redress and the
New Haven Youth Sports Association.
He is an alumnus of St. George’s School in Newport, Rhode Island and Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut and has received numerous awards for his decades of service to the New Haven and
wider African American community including. Among those are recognition from Leadership Greater New Haven, Yale University's Seton Elm-Ivy committee, the Afro-American Cultural Center at Yale, Alpha
Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated, Dwight Hall at Yale, the Yale Black Women’s Coalition and Yale Black Men’s Union. He
is a former national board of member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, Dwight Hall at Yale, the Afro-American Cultural Center at Yale, Students United for the Rebirth of Excellence,
1000 Black Men of Greater New Haven, the Phelps Association and the Greater New Haven NAACP, contributor to the Inner City News and associate editor of Umoja News.
Charisse C. Townsend - In Loving Memory!
Former Mayor John C. Daniels - New Haven's First Black Mayor - Photo Courtesy Of The New Haven Register
In Memory Of Former Mayor John C. Daniels (Above) And Linda Cohens (Below)
In Honor Of Our Friend And Colleague Linda Cohens
Donations For The Freddie Fixer Parade 2016 Are Now Being Accepted! Please Click On The Link Below To Make Your Donation Today!
Yale University Office Of New Haven & State Affairs - Proud Donor Of The Freddie Fixer Parade 2015!
*Click On Photo Below To See The 2014 Parade Photos - Courtesy Of Peter Casolino Of The New Haven Register!
Ed Grant With Jackie Robinson At The 1972 Freddie Fixer Parade Grandstand At City Hall In New Haven, Connecticut. Mayor Bart Guida Is At Far Right - Photo Courtesy Of Jan And Henry Parker.
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Freddie Fixer Clean-Up 2014 Youth Volunteers From Fusion Drill Team
Freddie Fixer Parade Queen 2014 - Diamond Hare, Former Miss International Contestant From Connecticut!
Diamond Hare - Former Miss Connecticut International Contestant
*Miss Freddie Fixer 2014 - Maloni Glass - All Star Track Team - Career High School, New Haven, CT.
Miss Freddie Fixer 2014 - Maloni Glass
*Freddie Fixer King 2014 - Taylor Grate - New Haven Venom Football
Freddie Fixer King - Taylor Grate - New Haven Venom Football
*Freddie Fixer Prince - Timothy Fields - Wexler-Grant School
Freddie Fixer Prince - Timothy Fields - Wexler Grant School
New Haven, Connecticut Fire Chief Allyn R. Wright, Supports The Freddie Fixer Parade!
New Haven Fire Department Chief - Allyn R. Wright
NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT POLICE CHIEF DEAN ESSERMAN - Supports The Freddie Fixer Parade!
The Marching Cobras From NYC!
Fresh Out Of A Tour From Up And Down The East Coast,
This Amazing Marching Band Has Performed At The Super Bowl In 2014,
And Will Be Altering Their Schedule From Their Commitment In The State Of Virginia
To Appear At The 52nd Annual Freddie Fixer Parade!
You Name It, They Have It!
Let's Show Some Love To These Out Of Town Guests New Haven!
Yale University Police Chief Ronnell Higgins - Supports The Freddie Fixer Parade!
Governor Dannel P. Malloy And LT. Governor Nancy P. Wyman - Click On Photos For More Information
Official Flag Of The State Of Connecticut
Governor Dannel P. Malloy & LT. Governor Nancy P. Wyman
Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy Surrounded By Our Youth
Former Hamden, CT. Mayor Scott Jackson - Supports The Freddie Fixer Parade!
Hamden, Connecticut Mayor, Scott Jackson
Hamden, Connecticut Police Chief Thomas Wydra - Supports The Freddie Fixer Parade!
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HONORING THE FREDDIE FIXER PARADE FOUNDING MEMBERS: The Late Edward "ED" Grant, The Late Edna Baker- Carnegie, And The Late Dr. Charles Twyman. Fred Smith Jr. Is At Right
THE LATE EDWARD "ED" GRANT, LATE EDNA BAKER-CARNEGIE, AND LATE DR. CHARLES TWYMAN. At Far Right Is Fred Smith Jr.
Camden Sophisticated Sisters At Wexler-Grant School In New Haven, CT After The Drill Competition
POPEYE'S CHICKEN & BISCUITS - 35 WHALLEY AVENUE, NEW HAVEN, CT.
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Freddie Fixer Parade 2011 Clean Up Volunteers
Contact Community Engagement Editor Shahid Abdul-Karim at 203 789 5614.
New Haven's Freddie Fixer Parade A
Time For Pride
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
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
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
“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
CAMDEN SOPHISTICATED SISTERS FROM CAMDEN, New Jersey
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
Hartford, Connecticut - Police Department Drum Squad
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THE FREDDIE FIXER PARADE 2012 50Th ANNIVERSARY GRAND MARSHAL - RETIRED CAPTAIN JOE J. DAVIS, CONNECTICUT STATE POLICE.
Captain Joe J. Davis, Retired, Connecticut State Police, 2011.
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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
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.
Thanks For Your Contributions!
Maurice W. Smith,
President, Freddie Fixer Parade
Freddy Fixer, Inc.
37 Blake Street
New Haven, CT. 06511
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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