Fairs/Festivals, Attractions,

Oakland Black Cowboy Parade and Festival

When: Sat., Oct. 1, 10 a.m. 2011

By some historical accounts, up to 25 percent of the roughly 35,000 cowboys in the post-Civil War West were black. And while the days of horse-riding cow-wranglers traversing wide-open plains have largely gone the way of the buffalo, the Oakland Black Cowboy Association keeps the legacy of the region's early black settlers alive with its annual black cowboy parade and festival in West Oakland. The event, first held in 1975, features a parade of modern-day cowboys, trick riders, and more, followed by horse and pony rides and other entertainment. At DeFremery Park (1651 Adeline St., Oakland) on Saturday, Oct. 1. Parade at 10 a.m., festival at noon; free. 510-470-4045 or BlackCowboyAssociation.org

Cassie McFadden

Price: free

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