Juneteenth Freedom Walk Parade
The 3rd Annual Juneteenth Freedom Walk will take place at 8th and North Davis Street starting at 10:00 AM on Saturday, June 19, 2021.
Assembly for the Freedom Walk Parade is 8:00 AM to 9:45 AM. We will proceed south on N. Davis Street to the Ritz Theatre located at 849 N. Davis Street. Our 9th Annual Juneteenth Family-friendly festival will begin at the conclusion of the Freedom Walk Parade. You are strongly encouraged to participate in this parade celebration of the 156th year of African American Emancipation. Miss Juneteenth will adorn the Freedom Walk Parade with her entourage and presence at The Ritz Theatre.
The Freedom Walk Parade is symbolic of the emancipated ex-slaves' journey from slavery to freedom. Life was harsh for the newly emancipated. The end of slavery led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands from disease, hunger, and terrorism. According to historian Jim Downs of Connecticut College, the reality of emancipation during the chaos of war and its bloody aftermath often fell brutally short of freedom and the terrible social cost born by the emancipated only accentuates their heroism. Freedom comes at a cost.
We encourage all participants to register for the Juneteenth Freedom Walk Parade, www.mlkfdnorg.com/registration. However, if you plan to ride in a vehicle the registration donation is $25.00, made payable as a Donation to the MLK Memorial Foundation. The vehicle charge is waived for groups of seniors who cannot walk the parade route.