North Louisiana Juneteenth Coalition to host first North Louisiana Juneteenth Parade
On Friday June 17th, the North Louisiana Juneteenth Coalition will host the first North Louisiana Juneteenth Parade. The parade will begin at the intersection of Commerce St. and E. Caddo St. at 4:00pm and will end at Festival Plaza around 6:30pm.
Juneteenth (a contraction of June and nineteenth) – also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Liberation Day, and Emancipation Day – is a holiday celebrating the emancipation of those who had been enslaved in the United States. Originating in Galveston, Texas, it is now celebrated annually on the 19th of June throughout the United States, with varying official recognition. It is commemorated on the anniversary date of the June 19, 1865 announcement by Union Army general Gordon Granger, proclaiming freedom from slavery in Texas.
The family fun parade will include Local School Bands, Dance Groups, Car Clubs, Mardi Gras floats and performances by local artists. Organizations that would like to be considered for participation can sign up here. https://forms .gle/Sqoucy13CeS7FrMm7 Following the parade there will be a Juneteenth Weekend Kick Off hosted by the City of Shreveport and Rho Omega and Friends.