Jun 25, 2014

Here’s what you need to know about the 11th annual Juneteenth Family Day Parade & Festival in Richmond on Saturday, a popular community event held by the Neighborhood Block Association in partnership with the City of Richmond and Chevron Richmond:

1. The parade begins at 10:30 am on Marina Way South at Cutting Boulevard and ends at the festival grounds at Nicholl Park, and that the grand marshal is Dr. Helen Benjamin, chancellor of the Contra Costa Community College District. The festival takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.:


2. Juneteenth commemorates the ending of slavery in the U.S. As the video below states concisely, that day was June 19, 1865, when union soldiers brought news to Galveston, Texas, that the Civil War had ended and that the enslaved were now free.

3. This year’s Juneteenth in Richmond includes two live entertainment stages with headliners including Dawn Robinson of the famous R&B group En Vogue. Read this West County Times interview with Robinson that discusses her ties to Richmond and her upcoming Juneteenth performance. Below are images of scheduled performers:
4. The Youth Stage will feature a poetry contest and a Nae Nae Dance contest, hosted by a surprise guest.

5. Festival activities include interactive games, a giant slide, pony and train rides, along with soul food, BBQ vendors, arts & crafts and community booths.

6. Eleven years ago, according to organizers, the National Brotherhood Alliance saved Juneteenth in Richmond after the city had cancelled all festivals during a budget crisis. Since then, organizers said, the N.B.A has worked with businesses and community leaders to boost attendance. Last year, more than 20,000 people reportedly attended the Juneteenth celebration in Richmond.

If you still need more information, please call (510) 620-6516 or visit  www.RichmondCAJuneteenth.org.


  1. Please note that Dr. Helen Benjamin is the chancellor of the Contra Costa Community College District which include Contra Costa College in San Pablo, Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, and Los Medanos College in Pittsburg. The article about the upcoming Juneteenth celebration stated that she was chancellor of Contra Costa Community College.

    Jennifer Ounjian | Jun 26th, 2014
  2. Thank you for noticing and letting us know! Our mistake. Corrected.

    Mike Aldax | Jun 26th, 2014

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Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.