The 12th annual Black History Parade will be held today in downtown Aiken.

Hosted by the Black History Committee, the parade will begin at 2 p.m. on Florence Street.

The route will begin across from the American Legion Post 212. The parade processional will proceed east on Hampton Avenue and end at the Smith-Hazel Recreation Center on Kershaw Street.

Those who are participating in the processional are asked to be in place well before the 2 p.m. start time. Participants can arrive as early as 1 p.m.

With wintery weather threatening the CSRA, an alternative date has been set for Sunday, with the same start time.

February is Black History Month, or African-American History Month, an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African-Americans in U.S. history. The event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African-Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating black history.