An annual celebration of African-American culture and heritage made its way through a historic Manhattan neighborhood Sunday for the 49th annual African American Day Parade.

Marching bands and dancers traveled down Adam Clayton Powell Junior Boulevard between 111th St. and 136th St. in Harlem for the parade, which had a theme of "culture is key" this year.

"This is a full-circle moment because it is an honor to be able to represent one of the oldest ethnic groups in the country and, of course, in New York City," said our very own Cheryl Wills, one of this year's grand marshals.

Organizers said they wanted to highlight positivity and celebrate people who have contributed to the success of the community, and hoped to inspire future leaders.