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What's Going On : Cincinnati's 28th Annual Juneteenth Festival
Date posted: June 1, 2015
Posted by: Lydia Morgan, Festival Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Photos: provided by Cincinnati Juneteenth
The U.S. Civil War ended in the spring of 1865 and later in June upon learning the war
was over, the newly freed slaves in Galveston, Texas, began a tradition of freedom
celebrations that came to be known as “Juneteenth”. In December the 13th amendment
to the US Constitutions was adopted abolishing slavery.
Cincinnati adopted the Juneteenth tradition 28 years ago, and will celebrate the
liberation sesquicentennial with the Juneteenth Festival 2015, sponsored by Mercy
HealthCare, in Daniel Drake Park June 20 -21.
The Festival gets started with a Parade of Flags recognizing folks of all ages carrying 70
flags, recognizing the Diaspora of the African Trans-Atlantic slave trade.
Lakeside will close out a full afternoon of great performances on Saturday by talented
regional artists, including Ms. Jaz, Bi-Okoto, , Basic Truth, Last Boppers, Jazz
Renaissance, Cincinnati Stars Marching Band, Praise & Movement Showcase, Frank Kyle
the Magician, Bianca Graham, Harriet Tubman, Gwala and Friends.
For the kids, there will be stories read-aloud by fathers; free books; Sun Rock Farm
petting zoo; games; crafts; balloons; horse rides.
The Fatherhood Collaborative of Hamilton County and Metropolitan Housing will be
there with many agencies to help men with any issues that prevent them from being the
best fathers they can be.
As for living history, meet Tuskegee Airmen, Montford Point Marines NURFC, 5th Ohio
Colored Troop, Buffalo Soldier and much more.
Other features include Brazilian Capoeira Exhibition; Showcase of Liturgical Dance; Teen
Oratory Contest; Sweet Potato Pie Contest, Educational Opportunities; Classic Cars.
There will also be information from & about numerous agencies, organizations, and
businesses that serve the area’s children and adults.
As always there will be great food and an opportunity to shop for art, jewelry, and
clothing from the Festival’s vendors.
June 20 is Father’s Day. Juneteenth dedicates its Sunday June Fest concert to fathers—
and their families. This is a relaxing afternoon of inspirational performances, including
Prodigal Sonz with Melvin Taylor, the Cincinnati gospel Workshop,Joe Scott Gospel Rap,
Jubilate, John Thorburn, Empty Vessels, , Zyonua Black, Harp D, Dunamis Sign and
Mime, and others.
Off site parking, free shuttle.
For more information, visit the official Cincinnati Junteenth website.
AboutGreaterCincinnati.com is among the supporters of this event.
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