City of Donaldsonville to host 25th Annual Juneteenth Festival

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Annual Donaldsonville Music Festival for Juneteenth

DONALDSONVILLE, La. (BRPROUD) – The 25th Annual Juneteenth Festival in Donaldsonville will be held on Saturday, June 5. The festival will be from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Frank Sotile Pavilion.

The family-friendly festival is free and open to the public.

“Come out, bring your family/chairs, listen to the wonderful music, hear the history of Juneteenth and enjoy delicious cuisine of our local vendors” said Tamiko Francis Garrison, volunteer co-chairperson. 

The festival has carried on the Juneteenth Festival tradition since 1996. It was started by former Donaldsonville Mayor B.J. Francis Sr. and his late wife, Janet Ganes Francis, and it continued through the efforts of the River Road African American Museum and community volunteers. in 2011, Tamiko Francis Garrison, Allison Hudson, and the City of Donaldsonville assumed the festival planning.

Juneteenth commemorates the day when slaves in the geographic area in America where slavery existed learned of their freedom. Taking place on June 19, 1865, in Galveston, Texas, when Union General Gordon Granger read General Order #3, announcing that “all slaves are free” by Proclamation of President Abraham Lincoln. The Emancipation Proclamation was signed by President Abraham Lincoln on September 22, 1862, and issued on January 1, 1863. It took over two and a half years for the news to travel to southwest Texas.

“Juneteenth is a landmark in history, a celebration of freedom and the end of enslavement in America,” states Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., Founder & Chairman of the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF) and the National Juneteenth Jazz Artist.

At 2 p.m., the Juneteenth Committee invites the 2021 high school and college graduates to walk across the stage with their stoles, ropes and medals in celebration of their accomplishments.

At 4 p.m., Skye Taylor, the 2020 Miss Donaldsonville Juneteenth, will crown the 2021 Miss Donaldsonville Juneteenth, Miss Teen Donaldsonville Juneteenth and Little Miss Donaldsonville Juneteenth.

Festival Lineup:

11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

  • History

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

  • Angel of Faith
  • Wanda August
  • Gospel Show

12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.

  • DJ Mario

2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

  • DJ Thriller and graduates

3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

  • Red Tape Musiq

4:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

  • Crowning of 2021 Little Miss Juneteenth, Miss Teen Juneteenth and Miss Juneteenth

4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

  • Universal Language

6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

  • Michael Foster Project

For general information, contact Tamiko Francis Garrison at 225-803-4042. Vendors should contact Allison Hudson at 504-610-3292.

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