Every year, communities across the US celebrate Juneteenth (June 19th), commemorating the abolition of slavery in America. In the Big Easy, a nonprofit organization hosts the NOLA Juneteenth Festival, a three-day event where people can enjoy free music, panel discussions, food, and vendors that celebrate and commemorate the history of black people in Louisiana.
Schedule of events
The festival will kick off on June 18 with a Juneteenth Freedom Gala at a location still to be announced.
The main event will occur at Louis Armstrong Park/Congo Park from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm with music, food, and live performances. Admission is free!
Peace in the East at the Beach from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Find more information and details on their official website.
If you aren’t in NOLA during Juneteenth Weekend, don’t worry, you can also commemorate this date by supporting black-owned businesses around town.
When: June 18-June 20
Where: Several places around the Big Easy
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