Since 1926, February has been set aside as a time to celebrate Black History Month, and one local group plans to celebrate with the community. The Eighth Annual Black History Month Parade in Aiken is making preparations and is currently accepting participants. There is no entry fee, and everyone is invited to participate. Parade organizer Anthony White said in past years, there have been as many as 50 units but would love to see 100 or more this year. "It is a historical year, and we want all parts of our community including surrounding counties to participate," said White. "We would love to have a band participate from one of the local high schools. We just want as many participants as possible." The parade will line up at 1 p.m. on Feb. 21 on Florence Street. The parade route will travel from Florence Street to Hampton Avenue, turn onto Sumter Street and end at the Smith-Hazel Recreation Center, 400 Kershaw St. N.E. There will be a celebration party held at the center after the parade. Registration is required by Feb. 14. For more information or to register, call Cheronica Pope at 641-3888 or Betty Gyles at 642-7635.