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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2009 Archives > June 2009 > Mayor Brown Announces 34th Annual Juneteenth Celebration

Mayor Brown Announces 34th Annual Juneteenth Celebration

Festival Commemorating African American Freedom Scheduled for June 13th and 14th

Mayor Byron W. Brown today announced the kickoff of Buffalo’s 34th Annual Juneteenth Festival, to be held in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park this upcoming Saturday and Sunday.
“The Juneteenth Festival is a great summer activity that I encourage all of our city residents to come out and enjoy,” said Mayor Brown.  “Because of such strong community support and participation, our local festival has grown to become one of the largest in the nation.  This is a great opportunity for our residents to celebrate African American culture and commemorate the struggles of past generations.”
Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States.  The Juneteenth Festival of Buffalo, established in 1976, has served to actively preserve and promote the broad spectrum of African American heritage through educational and cultural activities that will benefit the community as a whole.
“This is our 34th consecutive Juneteenth Festival,” said Marcus Brown, Juneteenth of Buffalo, Inc. president.  “We would like to encourage residents and visitors to enjoy the many festivities that have been planned throughout the weekend.  This is a community event and we would love for the entire community to support our efforts.  In addition to commemorating the end of slavery, this year’s festival will also pay tribute to our elders and fallen soldiers who have fought for civil rights in our community.”
As part of the weekend festivities, a Juneteenth Festival Parade will be held on Saturday at 11:00 a.m.  The parade will begin at the Juneteenth of Buffalo headquarters, located at the corner of Genesee and Moselle Streets, and proceed to Martin Luther King Jr. Park, where two days full of activities have been scheduled.
Arlee Daniels of the Stop the Violence Coalition added, “Mayor Brown, the City of Buffalo, the Juneteenth Committee and Stop the Violence Coalition have joined together to ensure this year’s Juneteenth Festival will be a fun and safe experience for all those in attendance.”