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First Parade to Celebrate Hip-Hop Held in Bronx

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Decades after hip-hop was created, the first parade celebrating the music style and culture was held in the borough where it all started. NY1's Erin Clarke filed the following report.

Hip-hop legends old and new, from the U.S. and abroad, marched down Bathgate Avenue celebrating their culture Saturday in the first International Hip Hop Parade.

"Hip-hop started right here in the Bronx, and we wanted to finally do a parade because there's always negativity when it comes to hip-hop," said Duane "Spyder D" Hughes of the International Hip Hop Parade.

The perception that hip-hop culture is violent is the reason many pioneers say there's been resistance to a parade. They've been trying to do this for about three years. Their goal is to change people's minds and show them how hip-hop started.

"A lot of people see what's going on today and they have the figure of imagination that it was like this ever since the start, and we want to show people that in the beginning, that we was unified," said Fred "D.J. Red Alert" Crute.

Unified, just like the small but dedicated crowd that peacefully enjoyed the event.

"Love hip-hop. It's our culture," said one parade attendee.

"Hip-hop is important," said another. "It's in our culture. It's what we listen to, what we enjoy."

Most of them found out about the event through social media or word of mouth.

"We heard it was on and poppin' today up in the Bronx," said one attendee.

"They need to promote better, but we're here," said another.

The parade is part of a greater effort to raise awareness about hip-hop culture in the Bronx and the movement to preserve it.

"We're also trying to get a hip-hop museum done in the Bronx. So we're just trying to bring awareness to all these politicians that hip-hop was founded here in the mid-'70s, and now, it's the biggest music in the world," said Sal Abbatiello, president of Fever Records.

Plans for the museum haven't yet been unveiled, but the parade seems like a step in the right direction.

"I think this is going to be history," said one attendee. "Ten years from now, I'm going to say I was at the first one. It's going to get bigger and bigger every year."

"I will be here next year and the year after that and the year after that," said another. "Even if I move out of state, I'll come back."

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