Juneteenth Festival returns to Philadelphia

The festival includes three days of events.

Cherri Gregg
June 15, 2018 - 8:58 pm
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Cherri Gregg | KYW Newsradio

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- For a third year, organizers are bringing back the Philadelphia Juneteenth Musicfest and Parade. The festival includes three days of events.

Juneteeth is a holiday that dates back to June 19, 1865, the last of enslaved Africans in Texas were informed that African Americans were emancipated three years earlier.

"They called it emancipation day, freedom day," said Kofi Asante, Artistic Director and Executive Producer of the Philadelphia Juneteenth Musicfest and Parade. 

It kicks off on the evening of June 21 with a panel discussion at the Clef Club. Then, on Friday, June 22, there is a Cultural Caravan Tour that departs from the African American Museum, as well as a "Honoring the Ancestors Wreath Ceremony," an "All that Jazz" Reception and a New Millennium Concert. On Saturday, the big event is the Juneteenth Musicfest and Parade that kicks off at 15th Street and JFK Boulevard at noon.

"Fourteen musical floats, over 17 units of marchers," said Asanta, noting that 3,000 marchers are expected to participate.  

The Parade will culminate at Penn's Landing with a festival, which is part of PECO's Multicultural Series.

For details and a list of events go to juneteenthphilly.org.