Buffalo’s Juneteenth Festival is quickly approaching, and visitors to the weekend long event are preparing for activities that range from a Festival Parade* (Saturday @ 11am) to multiple stages filled with entertainment (Main Stage Entertainment, Arts and Cultural Stage), a Vendors’ Marketplace, Food Court, Underground Railroad Tours, an Antique Car Show, a Health Pavilion, a Family Portrait Booth, a Heritage Tent, a Basketball Showcase, Chalk Walks, African Dance and Drum Lessons, Drill Team Competitions (not to be missed), a Book Fair, Historical Exhibits and plenty of Children’s Activities.
Each year there are different reasons to attend this culturally significant festival. The Buffalo Juneteenth festival has become so popular that it is purported to be the 3rd largest Juneteenth celebration in the world.
Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Buffalo’s first Juneteenth celebration kicked of in 1976 to offer a “culturally relevant” celebration in the year of the bicentennial.
Juneteenth takes place on June 14 and 15, 2014. You can find all of the pertinent information here.
*The Parade starts Saturday, 11am at Genesee & Moselle Streets. The parade will proceed down Genesee into Martin Luther King Park.