Mayor Williams to Serve as Grand Marshal of August Quarterly Parade

Posted on  08/23/2013 2:50 pm

The August Quarterly Festival, Wilmington’s preeminent celebration of African American culture and spirituality, is commemorating 200 years of religious freedom with a week-long celebration.

Beginning on August 18th, the Festival has featured a worship service, wreath laying, dance service, revival services, jubilee conference and a jubilee service. Tomorrow, August Quarterly will continue with a parade, youth day and gospel explosion.

Mayor Dennis P. Williams will serve as the Grand Marshal for the August Quarterly Parade. The parade will commence at 10:00a.m. and feature marching bands, floats, and community organizations. Heading north on King Street, the parade will turn right onto 8th Street and then turn left onto French Street and continue onto 16th Street.

Following Saturday’s festivities, August Quarterly will culminate on Sunday, August 25th, with the Big Quarterly celebration at Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park.

August Quarterly celebration has offered inspiration and religious revival, with worship and keynote speakers educating attendees and recalling pivotal moments in the history of the African American church. The festival also continues to highlight the historical prominence of the Black, independent church movement, as Wilmington is an early birthplace of religious freedom in the United States.

“August Quarterly has such a longstanding tradition in our community. This Festival celebrates 200 years of history and the struggle for religious freedom by our African American ancestry,” said Mayor Williams. “It is an honor to participate in the August Quarterly parade, and pay tribute to those who blazed a trail for African Americans today.”

More information about the history of the festival and a list of events can be found at:

A list of remaining events is listed below:

Parade-Aug. 24th
Youth Day-Aug 24th
Gospel Explosion-Aug 24th
Sunday Service-Aug. 25th