The Madison County Juneteenth Organization continues this year its annual tradition of celebrating emancipation with a parade and free luncheon on Saturday, June 18.
Parade participants – which include horseback riders, bicyclists, drill teams, vehicles, floats and more – are asked to meet at Lake Madison around 9:45 a.m. Saturday in order to line up for a 10 a.m. departure.
Ethel Burns, one of several Juneteenth organizers, said most people gather around the Madisonville Square to watch the parade. It ends at the Juneteenth Center, where a complimentary lunch is served.
“It is open to anyone who wants to participate,” Burns said. “It’s a community event. We really don’t know what all we’re going to have until they show up.”
For more information or to participate in Juneteenth events, residents may contact Burns at (936) 348-2252, Bernice Holliday at (936) 348-5176, Helen Jones at (936) 348-2909 or Etta Spivey at (214) 554-8512.
“This is 31 years that we have kept this holiday alive in the community,” Burns said. “We could not have done this without each and every one of you being a part of the celebration.”