From its small beginnings at the South West Community Center, the Annual Syracuse Juneteenth Festival this weekend is estimated to attract a record 25-thousand people this year.
The event marks the date of the emancipation of a quarter million slaves in Galveston, Texas in 1865. At Friday’s flag raising ceremony, Juneteenth committee board member Gale Barnes addressed the diverse significance of the festival.
The city of Syracuse is being reminded that the phrase “support our troops” holds true both on and off the battlefield. Politicians, business owners, and community organizers came together today to discuss veteran unemployment, and the role that the city and local employers can play in solving this problem.
A rainy start to the Downtown Syracuse Farmers’ Market today didn’t keep it from opening with a splash. Workers stopped by on their lunch breaks to enjoy the fresh produce and baked goods, and left with items to take home. The weekly event featured dozens of vendors selling fruits, vegetables, wine, baked goods, dairy products and decorative plants.