Annual Juneteenth parade and festival happening this Saturday


The ultra fun Juneteenth parade and festival is set to take place this Saturday at Nicholl Park in Richmond.

The annual event, sponsored by the Neighborhood Block Association, the city and Chevron Richmond, is free to the public and jam-packed with fun activities and entertainment.

The parade starts at 10 a.m. at Cutting and Marina Bay boulevards and finishes at 31st Street and Macdonald Avenue, the location of Nicholl Park.

The parade’s Grand Marshal is Mary Peace Head, a longtime Parchester Village activist who worked as a welder in the Richmond shipyards during WWII. We also heard the parade will feature the Wells Fargo Historic stage coach, African American Horse Riders and The Vallejo Corvett.

The festival follows the parade and runs through 6 p.m. It will include ethnic foods, local vendors, a youth poetry slam, two stages for entertainment — including a talent showcase of Richmond artists — a dance contest and free health screenings.

The festival is held annually, not just in Richmond but across the country, to commemorate emancipation from slavery in Texas on June 19 in 1865.

See the flier below for more information.

Above photo courtesy of Mayor Tom Butt, taken from Juneteenth celebration in 2012.