The festival also featured live music throughout the day. Performers include DJ Thriller with MC Geezy Allstar, N'Tune, and Universal Language. Michael Foster Project headlined the festival.

Donaldsonville residents celebrated the annual Juneteenth Freedom Festival on Saturday, June 2, at the Frank Sotile Pavilion. The family-friendly event boasted tons of fun activities including a Read-A-Loud for children, a gaming tournament, face painting, and plenty of live music and food.

The event kicked off around noon with a welcome from Mayor Leroy Sullivan and the city council, followed by a prayer from Pastor Christopher Smith and gospel music and history from Miss Donaldsonville Juneteenth Alyric Asberry.

Following the introductions, the Ascension Parish Public Library held a Read-A-Loud in the children's tent with Twanisha Thompason, Darryl Comery, and Robyn Delaney. After the reading, children enjoyed games, face painting, politicraft tournaments, a water spray park and more.

The festival also featured live music throughout the day. Performers include DJ Thriller with MC Geezy Allstar, N'Tune, and Universal Language. Michael Foster Project headlined the festival.

The annual celebration commemorates the June 19, 1865 announcement that all slaves had been freed by President Abraham Lincoln. The announcement came from Union General Gordon Grander after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed on September 22, 1862.

The festival in Donaldsonville began in 1996 under former Mayor B.J. Francis Sr. The River Road African American Museum and other community organizations have continued the legacy for more than 20 years. Since 2011, the festival has been led by Tamiko Francis Garrison, Allison Hudson, Parish Councilman Oliver Joseph and the city of Donaldsonville.

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