The annual Juneteenth celebration is June 10-12 this year at Pratt Park at 20th and Yesler. The youth parade starts from Washington Middle School at 10 a.m. Saturday. The event is sponsored by the Central Area Chamber of Commerce. See our coverage of last year’s parade.
Juneteenth is the celebration of June 19, 1865, the day slaves in Galveston, Texas learned they were free. The Chamber puts it this way:
For many African-Americans, it has come to represent the same freedom as the Fourth of July does for all Americans. It serves as an historical milestone reminding Americans of the triumph of the human spirit over the cruelty of slavery. It honors those African American ancestors who survived the inhumane institution of bondage; it demonstrates pride in the marvelous legacy of resistance and perseverance they left us.
On June 19, 1865, upon hearing the news of the north’s victory over the South, slaves in Galveston, Texas rejoiced in their new-found freedom with joyous shouts, dancing, hugs, tears and thanks to Almighty God. The joy of that day continues to be celebrated in communities across the nation as a reminder of the perseverance, strength and determination to survive the atrocity of slavery, and as a commemoration of the liberation of every American slave.
Here’s this year’s schedule of events:
Friday June 10th (Flag Day)
Talent Search open mic
Ice Cream Social @ 4pm sponsored by DICK’S DRIVE-IN
Central Area Pride Program Event
Saturday June 11th
Youth Walk @ 10am, starting at Washington Middle School. Sponsored by Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Small Sparks Program and Lt. John Hayes SPD
Sunday June 12th
Church in the Park
Preaching, Gospel Exposure and Praise Dancing
12:00 pm till Dusk all 3 days
Pratt Park – 20th and Yesler, Seattle
FREE TO EVERYONE
Live Music, Auto show, Good Food, Face Painting, Essay Poetry Contests
Come to see our vendors all three days.
Join us as we Walk for Youth and education on Sat.
Flag Day Week.
Sending a Shout Out for the Youth in Education.