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.
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.