Juneteenth Cultural Celebration in Syracuse is This Weekend

Jun 14, 2013

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.

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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.

"It’s a bittersweet holiday.  A time for celebration.  But also a time of reflection, healing and hopefully a time for the country to come together and deal with its legacy.”

Attendees will be able to absorb the cultural significance along with a mix of music and soul food in Jubilee Park Friday, June 14th from 5 to 9 PM.  The “Vision of Victory” parade will march Saturday June 15th at noon from Doctor Martin Luther King School to Clinton Square for more festivities. This year’s Juneteenth theme is Sankofa  a word that mean using the past to better understand the present and future.