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Annie Malone’s annual parade will step off downtown on May 15

The Annie Malone May Day Parade is back and in person this year. It will kick off at 1 p.m. May 15 at 20th and Market streets and travel east on Market to 7th Street.

In 2021 the parade was held as a virtual event because of the COIVD-19 coronavirus pandemic; the previous year, as the public safety crisis had just taken hold here, it was canceled altogether. The annual event is the largest fundraiser for Annie Malone Children and Family Services. 

Nike and Midwest BankCentre are sponsoring the 2022 parade, whose theme is “The New Annie Malone: Making a Stronger and Larger Impact in the Community.” 

Mizzou wide receiver Luther Burden III and BJ the DJ of iHeartRadio will serve as the honorary marshals. 

Keisha Lee

“We are excited to host this year’s May Day Parade Festivities in person. The May Day events are crucial in helping us to raise vital funds for programs and services for our youth,” said Keisha Lee, Interim Chief Executive Officer of Annie Malone. “The wonderful support from the community has allowed us to leave a lasting impact on so many families, even during the pandemic.”

Annie Turnbo Malone

Annie Turnbo Malone, born in 1869, was a chemist who developed and sold hair products for Black women, becoming a millionaire. She then used her money to help other Blacks advance in their careers and aspirations, and to provide practical, charitable aid.

Throughout its 134-year history, Annie Malone has provided culturally diverse rapid response assessment, crisis intervention, parenting support and educational services to youth suffering from extreme trauma. In 2021, the agency served more than 500 families during the pandemic.

First Student will give free shuttle rides to the parade for city residents. Also, the St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment will give residents ages 13-25 free bus passes good through the rest of the year.

In addition to the parade, Annie Malone will host a Friends of Annie Malone Awards Reception on May 13 at 6 p.m. and a Greek Night of Celebration on May 14 at 8 p.m. 

Anyone interested in participating in the parade as a unit, vendor or sponsor can register online at or contact David Boudinet, Special Events Manager, at

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