Black History Parade

For over 40 years we’ve produced one of Orange County’s most electrifying cultural parades.

Grand Marshall For 2022 Will Be Announced Soon!

Lisa Rae was our Grand Marshall for 2020.

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9th Annual Orange County Heritage Council Youth Art Contest!

Greetings and Hello to All. It is now time for all young artists and their supporters to prepare for our 9th Annual Orange County Heritage Council Youth Art Contest. The artwork will be on display at the Black History Parade and Unity Festival in February 2022, in the Youth Village. The 1st Place artwork will be exhibited in the Muzeo Carnegie Gallery in Anaheim, CA, from Friday, January 21, 2022, through March 20, 2022. Prizes will be awarded on stage during the Unity Festival on Saturday, February 5, 2022.

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OCHC Sponsorship Chart

Please click the link below to view our sponsorship opportunities.

Parade Participants

One of the best parts of the parade is the bands, floats, and vehicles showcased! Find all the essential forms here…

Become A Vendor

We’re enjoy showcasing an assortment of vendors to the thousand plus attendees year after years. Here’s are the documents you need to become a vendor…

Orange County Heritage Council is pleased to announce that the 42nd annual Black History Parade and Unity Festival will be held on Saturday, February 5, 2022 in Downtown Anaheim. See the event page on Facebook for more details and invite friends, family and neighbors to attend. Also stay engaged on our social media sites for updates.


OCHC has been serving the community by distributing thousands of free food boxes each week in locations across Orange County and Los Angeles County. Boxes contain fresh fruit & vegetables, dairy products, and protein. Stay tuned for upcoming giveway events featuring personal care products. Check the Food Giveaway link for updates.




The 2021 OCHC Scholarship Awards Ceremony was recently.  Four students – graduating high school seniors and university students – were each awarded $2,500 scholarships this year.  The scholarships are enabled by a generous donation by Vans, a VF Company.

We’re proud to announce the return of scholarship opportunity for students in first – 11th grade !

2022 Helen M Shipp Scholarship Essay Guide Application


The 2021 OCHC Juneteenth Celebration was held in the city of Santa Ana at Centennial Regional Park (3000 W Edinger Avenue) on Saturday June 19,2021 from 10 am to 4 pm. OCHC is grateful for our event partners OC Learning Black HIstory and Black OC.  Check out the Orange County Heritage Council Facebook page and the Juneteenth Celebration event page for photos, video and to stay in the loop for the 2022 event.



Santa Ana Family Day (Block Party) is hosted by MAGIC Inc. Academy of the Arts. The event is a fundraiser for their youth music education program

Orange County Heritage Council (OCHC) was a community partner along with the city of Garden Grove at the Celebration of Black Culture event hosted by SteelCraft Garden Grove on Saturday, August 21, 2021, from noon until 8 pm.   The event was a celebration of National Black Business Month and featured Black-owned businesses and Black musicians who provided live entertainment.

About Our Organization

The Orange County Heritage Council (OCHC) is a 501 (c) 3 organization, consisting of a group of dedicated community volunteers focused on the Black community and development of events and activities that promote positive family and cultural interaction.

Community businesses, organizations, churches, and philanthropists are encouraged to support the events offered by the OCHC, because the organization is a community sponsored endeavor.

The primary events organized and offered to the whole community are the Black History Parade & Unity Festival and the OC Juneteenth Celebration.

The OC Black History Parade & Unity Festival is always held the 1st Saturday in February, which has been designated nationally as Black History Month. The event is currently held in Anaheim, California rain or shine beginning at 9AM and ending at 5 PM.

Members of the community regardless of race, color, ethnicity or culture are invited to the event to enjoy a well attended parade which includes noted community members, elected officials, community groups, school and church units, singing and dancing units, city service vehicles, and community members who have participated in the history of Orange County and surrounding areas.

Immediately following the Black History Parade is a Unity Festival (also known as the Black Cultural Faire) offering interactive lessons on black history in the Youth Village, live music and dance entertainment, business connections and information, health information and screenings, activities for young people, college fair, food booths run by community groups and food trucks from local restaurants,  and an art exhibition.

We’re proud to announce a new scholarship opportunity!

2022 Helen M Shipp Scholarship Essay Guide Application

Founder, Mrs. Shipp



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Dwyane (BH) Shipp
Wanda Reynolds
Shedrick Collins
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