Juneteenth recognizes the significance of June 19, 1865, the day the last American slaves in Texas and Louisiana heard about their freedom because of the Civil War.
Syracuse organizers say last year’s event drew about 28,000 attendees, who celebrated diversity and recognized the sacrifices and challenges African Americans faced to earn freedom.
Friday June 14th “food, fun and family day” includes a 10 a.m. flag-raising at City Hall and a 5 p.m. party at the Spirit of Jubilee Park on South Avenue, with Gospel Music.
Saturday June 15th events start at noon with the Visions of Victory parade that begins at Dr. King Elementary School on Raynor Avenue and ends at Clinton Square, where local bands and dance troupes will perform from 1:30 to 10 p.m.
WHAT: Syracuse Juneteenth Celebration.
ADMISSION: $35 for the Juneteenth ancestral dinner including the presentation of the NIA award at City Hall commons Atrium; free otherwise.
In observance of 2013 Juneteenth African-American Cultural Festival in Clinton Square, the service-oriented leadership organization 100 Black Men of Syracuse, Inc., will present The Juneteenth Winston Gaskin Community Walk for Wellness on Saturday June 8th in Thornden Park. The walk is named in honor of the first African-American pharmacist, who lived in Syracuse for 43 years.
The 3 mile walk will begin at Thornden Park swimming pool parking lot, and will be held from 8:30 a.m till 12:00 noon.
The entry fee is $10 for adults; free for children 12 and under. Proceeds will benefit health and wellness initiatives of the 100 Black Men of Syracuse, Inc.
For more information, contact 100 Black Men of Syracuse, Inc. – 315-200-7847
for more Juneteenth information http://www.syracusejuneteenth.org/