Juneteenth This Weekend
by Geoff Kelly - posted 10:06 am, June 18, 2010
Summer is in the air and so will be the laughter of families and friends, the smell of grilling food, and an abundant array of entertainment at the 35th consecutive Juneteenth Festival of Buffalo. The two-day event will be held at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park on Saturday (June 19) and Sunday (June 20). The festival will commence on Saturday with a parade from the intersection of Genesee Street and Moselle Street to the park, where festivities begin at 11am. The festival features a main entertainment stage, numerous vendors, a health pavilion, a book fair, free tours of Underground Railroad sites, a family portrait booth, African drum and dance lessons, a heritage tent, and much more. Community artists and enthusiasts along with the Art Education Department of the Buffalo Public Schools will host a creative chalk walk, and families can attend create paper jewelry and experiment with African-themed crafts at the youth activity center.
Juneteenth commemorates the final execution of the Emancipation Proclamation in Galveston, Texas by Major General Gordon Granger of the Union Army, on June 19, 1865.
11am. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park (891-8801/www.juneteenthofbuffalo.com)