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22 Jun 2018

The Philadelphia Juneteenth Musicfest and Parade on June 22-23, 2018

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Juneteenth is the oldest celebration of the emancipation of slavery in America. The holiday dates to June 19, 1865, when the enslaved Africans in Texas were freed well after other African Americans won their liberty. Texas declared Juneteenth a state holiday on Jan. 1, 1980 and today many other states recognize or observe Juneteenth as a holiday. Traditions include reading of the Emancipation Proclamation, cookouts, music, skits and speakers encouraging self-development and family values.

In 2017, the Universal Juneteenth Parade and Festival had more than 1,000 participants. In attendance were two kings from Ghana, a United States congressman, two Pennsylvania mayors, state senators, state representatives, the Philadelphia police chief, Prince Hall Masons and a host of councilpersons and dignitaries. Parade participants came from different states along the northeastern coast, from New York City to Washington D.C., to the delight of over 7,000 spectators for the event’s second year.

An overwhelming community response has led to The Third Annual Philadelphia Juneteenth Music Fest and Parade. The event started Friday, June 22nd and continues to Saturday, June 23rd, 2018.

Philadelphia Juneteenth is due in part to the generous support of the following sponsors/partners – PA Department of Tourism, Parx Casino, City of Philadelphia, St. Senator Anthony Hardy Williams, 6abc, Visit Philly, PECO,  Metro Newspapers, SugarHouse Casino, Radio One, Patriot Health, Philadelphia Sunday SUN, City of Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health & Intellectual disAbility Services, iHeart Media, Laborers District Council 332, Health Partners and Starbucks.

On Friday, the No Longer Bound “UMOJA”  and Honoring the Ancestor’s Wreath Ceremony.

SATURDAY JUNE 23rd schedule is the following:

–The Cultural Caravan Tours departing from African American Museum 

Walking Tour – 9:30 to 11:30

–Juneteenth Music Fest Parade 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm Step off 15th and JFK

–Juneteenth Market Place & Festival at Penn’s Landing

1:00 pm to 8:00 pm Penn’s Landing

Over 3,000 marchers are expected to participate, along with 14 floats, bands and a host of community organizations. The parade will step of at 15th and JFK Blvd. The parade reviewing stand will be between 5th and 6th on Market. The parade will be televised by ABC TV6 in its entirety. It will culminate at Penn’s Landing. Philadelphia Juneteenth Music Fest and Parade is now proudly a part of the PECO’s Multicultural Series on Penn’s Landing.

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