Downtown Aiken will celebrate Black History Month this weekend. The Eighth Annual Black History Month Parade in Aiken will be held this Saturday starting at 2 p.m. The parade will begin on the corner of Florence Street and Hampton Avenue, making a turn on Sumter Street and concluding at the Smith-Hazel Recreation Center, 400 Kershaw St. N.E. Immediately following the parade, a celebration and awards ceremony complete with refreshments will be held. According to Betty Gyles, director of the Smith-Hazel Recreation Center, vendors and information booths will be set up outside the center and awards will be presented to the top parade floats in several categories. "Special this year, we are recognizing our senior citizens," she said. "It is a historical year," said Anthony White, who made it a point to include all parts of the community and surrounding counties. There are more than 50 groups entered into the parade, and line-up starts at 1 p.m. for participants, among them the CSRA All-Star Marching Band, the Garden City Panthers Marching Unit, the Delta Chapter, Smith-Hazel Senior Citizens Club, Second Baptist Church School, Brothers and Sisters Club of Aiken, the Praise Dancers of Zion Farr, Unified Riding Motorcycles, Cheatham Funeral Home, NAACP Youth Council, the Civic Council, Toole Hill Neighborhood Association and many more organizations. Optimal viewing locations for the parade will be along Hampton Avenue between Chesterfield and York streets. For more information, call Cheronica Pope at 641-3888 or Betty Gyles at 642-7634.