Juneteenth Festival schedule of events announced

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

The City of Donaldsonville's 21st Annual Juneteenth Freedom Festival is set for Saturday June 10, 2017 from11 a.m. until 7 p.m. in Frank Sotile Pavilion in Donaldsonville.

Not only will you be able to relax to soulful sounds, you will be able to spend your entire day at Juneteenth doing nothing but eating (Fried chicken wings, Jambalaya, Smoked Turkey Legs, Fried Fish Poboys, Fried Turkey Wings, Nachos and Cheese, Funnel Cakes, Pies, Boiled Turkey Necks, Boiled Shrimp, Homemade Lemonade, Chicken and Pasta and much more).

The line-up includes:

11:00 -11:30am - Opening prayer and history

11:30am -12:30pm - Financial Literacy Workshops

12:30 - 1:30pm - Claude Bryant and the AllStars Reggae Band

1:30 - 3 pm - DJ Derrick

2:30 - 3pm - Parade of Southern Louisiana African American Pageant Royalty featuring Miss Donaldsonville Juneteenth 2016-17

3 - 4pm - Bucket List Band

4:30 - 5:30pm - Universal Language

5:45 - 7pm- Michael Foster Project

Juneteenth celebrations commemorate June 19, 1865, when Union General Gordon Granger announced in Galveston, Texas that all slaves had been freed by proclamation of President Abraham Lincoln. It came more than two-and-a-half years after the Emancipation Proclamation, signed on September 22, 1862.

The City of Donaldsonville and the festival committee have carried on the tradition locally since its inception in 1996. Started by former Donaldsonville mayor B.J. Francis

Sr. And his late wife, Janet Ganes Francis, it has continued through efforts from the River Road African American Museum and others in the community. The family oriented event is free and open to the public.

Vendor booths are available for $50 and filling up fast.

Anyone interested in becoming a vendor or just general information can contact chairpersons Tamiko Francis Garrision at (225) 803-4042 or Allison Hudson at (504) 610-3292.

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