Donaldsonville’s 19th Annual Juneteenth Freedom Festival this weekend

Tamiko Francis Garrison Special to The Citizen

The 19th Annual Juneteenth Freedom Festival is set for Saturday, June 13 and Sunday June 14, from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. (both days) in Louisiana Square on Railroad Avenue in Donaldsonville.

Not only will you be able to enjoy two days of wonderful music and dancing, you will literally be able to spend your entire day at Juneteenth doing nothing but eating and shopping (fried chicken wings, jambalaya, Smoked turkey legs, pork sandwiches, fried turkey wings, nachos and cheese, funnel cakes, pies, homemade lemonade, purses, jewelry and sooo much more). There will also be fun events for the kids.

Saturday, June 13 Line-up

BRASS BAND EXPLOSION hosted by Comedian Bigg Sexxy of Baton Rouge, LA

11:00am Prayer and History of Juneteenth

11:30am River Road African American Museum Sign Language Ensemble

12:00pm Kaelan Levy and Tamiko Stroud

12:30pm Five,6,7,8 Dance Troupe of Donaldsonville, LA

1:30pm Funga Alfia – Community Dance

2:00pm Kickin Brass Band of Dallas, TX with the Zulu Walking Warriors

4:00pm Michael Foster Project of Baton Rouge, LA with the Golden Sioux Mardi Gras Indians

5:30pm DJ Thiller

Sunday, June 14 Line-up

GOSPEL EXPLOSION – PURPOSE IN THE SQUARE hosted by Pastor Shannon Comery

11:00am Prayer and History of Juneteenth

11:30am Identifying Your Purpose ,Pastor Shannon Comery, Pillars of Purpose

1:00pm Chris Christ Child

1:30pm When Soul Meets Purpose - Evangelist Contessa Julien

2:00pm Purpose Music Group

2:30pm Words of Inspiration - TBA with First Emmanuel International Baptist Church choir

3:00pm Desiree Mailer

3:30pm Prevailing on Purpose - Pastor Tedrick Mills, The Prevailing Church

4:00pm Joel Jones Male Chorus and 3MC

5:00pm Rob Taylor of Donaldsonville


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 Juneteenth committee (made up of various members throughout the years) has 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. In 2011, the City of Donaldsonville in conjunction with Tamiko Francis Garrison, Allison Hudson and Councilman Oliver Joseph have kept the tradition going. The family oriented event is free and open to the public.

Vendor booths are available for $50 (per day) and are filling up fast.

For general information please contact Tamiko Francis Garrison at (225) 803-4042 or Allison Hudson at (504) 610-3292.