The sun rose over a hazy Omaha skyline on July 31, 2021. But the sticky heat and smoky air wouldn’t stop thousands of Omahans from converging on North 30th Street for the first Native Omaha Days’ parade since COVID-19 touched down in 2020.

The celebration, which happens every two years and is now on its 23rd round, is a homecoming for North Omaha. Events, trolley rides and the centerpiece parade allow people to see old friends, reminisce on days gone by and celebrate the history of one of Omaha’s oldest and most historic neighborhoods.

The Reader and El Perico took part in the parade to pass out paper and candy. However, reporter Chris Bowling walked up and down the parade route as it traveled north on North 30th Street to capture the energy of the event.

Click through the images below to see how we experienced Native Omaha Days 2021.

And just because the photographer wants to embarrass his coworkers:


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Chris Bowling

Chris has worked for The Reader since January 2020. As an investigative reporter and news editor he’s taken deep dives into topics such as police transparency, affordable housing and COVID-19. Originally...

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