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Wednesday 30 November 2022
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Syracuse Junteenth Holds 150th Annual Celebration

By Staff

 

juneteenth2The 150th Syracuse Juneteenth Celebration will be held Saturday, June 13, in commemoration of June 19, 1865, the day union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas to read the Emancipation Proclamation, organization officials stated. The proclamation let slaves know they had received their freedom, which officially would be imposed under the law.

Mayor Stephanie Miner proclaimed Friday as “Juneteenth Festival Day” in honor of the event.

“This is a great occasion to celebrate the diverse history of the city of Syracuse, and enjoy a great downtown festival,” Miner said. “I am pleased to thank the organizers, and volunteers, who make this event possible every year.”

According to officials, the 2015 Juneteenth festival will begin with a 12 p.m. parade that starts at Dr. King Elementary School, 416 E. Raynor Ave., and ends in Clinton Square. There will be no cost to attend the event.

The event will also feature a kids’ zone, educational area, food court, panel discussions, live entertainment, and access to the Dr. Henry A. Washington health pavilion.

Visit syracusejuneteenth.org for additional information regarding the event.