Date set for Richmond’s Juneteenth Parade & Festival

Richmond African American leaders weigh in on Juneteenth
A moment from the 2019 Juneteenth parade and festival at Nicholl Park in Richmond.

By Kathy Chouteau

Set your smartphones for the “2022 Richmond Juneteenth Family Parade & Festival,” when the popular event will return to Richmond Sat., June 18, according to City of Richmond Crime Prevention Manager Michelle Milam on social media.

The Juneteenth Parade will start at 10 a.m. (parade participants will line up at 8 a.m.) at Booker T. Anderson Community Center, 960 South 47th St. in Richmond and will work its way to Nicholl Park, 3230 Macdonald Ave. in Richmond. The event festival will ensue at the park from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

As the Standard previously reported, the parade will pass underneath the newly completed “Juneteenth Freedom Underpass” mural that was painted on the S. 37th St. underpass’ south side (at Chanslor and Ohio avenues).

Mural artists wrap up Juneteenth Freedom Underpass project
Photo credit: Mike Kinney.

Naomi Williams, president of the Pullman Neighborhood Council—which organized the mural—will be the 2022 Juneteenth Family Parade & Festival’s 2022 Grand Marshall.

Community members and others interested in participating in Richmond’s Juneteenth Parade can apply to do so here in categories that include: Individual Walking; Group Walking; Elected/City Official; Horse Entry; Car Club; and Vehicle Entry.

Now a federal holiday, Juneteenth commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African-Americans.