We had an amazing time at the Black Joy Parade on Sunday! We displayed our moves and cosplays, showed up and out for our community, and raised awareness for AfroComicCon 2020! Our group had the pleasure of closing out the parade and we were met with so much excitement! The more we marched the more energetic our steps became. By the end of the parade, we were all in our groove and were superheroes in our own right.
With music bumping from our speaker, we had our slow and dramatic routine to Superpower by Beyonce feat. Frank Ocean, our fast beat high energy routine to Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger by Daft Punk, and a solo by the talented dancers of New Style Motherlode Dance Studio to Fight the Power by Public Enemy. The talent was everywhere. You can say we know how to put on a show!
So, who was part of our crew? From Captain Planet to Fionna (Adventure Time), we had your fandom needs covered. Some other notable characters we represented: Captain America, Miles Morales’ Spider-Man, Canary (Hunter x Hunter), Raiden (Mortal Kombat), Okoye (Black Panther), Avatar and more!
Representation is a superpower. To see yourself in film, TV, and communities you love makes you feel part of something. Whether it is representation through culture or ethnicity, gender, sexuality, or age, we want you to see yourself in the nerd community. Our group consisted of a wide variety of people passionate about just one of the things we had in common.
Cosplaying opens up a world of possibilities and gives you the opportunity to meet and connect with people you may not have otherwise. It is empowering! To be in the parade representing this community was fulfilling and beautiful. From people asking for photos, complimenting costumes, recognizing your characters – it was all around a rewarding and enlightening experience.