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Juneteenth – Celebrating 40/150 Years

“If you don’t know where you came from, then you don’t know where you’re going.”

Juneteenth, the East Side festival that coincides with the Allentown Art Festival, is an exploration of black history and culture. Juneteenth is also known as Emancipation Day, so you can imagine just how important the event is, when celebrated each and every year at Martin Luther King Jr. Park.

The free festival features a parade, multiple performance stages, Underground Railroad tours, children’s activities, African dance and drum lessons, a basketball showcase, and a wide array of culturally significant activities and events.

If you’ve never visited the Juneteenth festival, and you want to learn more about it, there’s an awesome video that you must watch that recounts the history of the event, and what it stands for (see below). 2015 marks a very special year for Juneteenth. While Buffalo has been observing the holiday for 40 years, it has been 150 years since the announcement of the abolition of slavery in the US.

Juneteenth | Saturday & Sunday, June 13 & 14 | Noon-8:00pm | Martin Luther King, Jr Park


Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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