RICHMOND -- The city will again celebrate one of the most joyous moments in African-American history at the Juneteenth Family Day Parade and Festival from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

This year's celebration will be a tribute to the late Richmond blues artist Jimmy McCracklin, who died in December at 91.

The tribute will include performances by the Bay Area Blues Society Caravan Of All-Stars, Sue McCracklin and a special guest.

The free annual event commemorates the spontaneous celebration that erupted on June 19, 1865, when slaves in Galveston, Texas, were informed by Union soldiers that the Civil War had ended more than a month earlier and they were free.

Richmond's observance starts with a parade at 10 a.m. at Cutting Boulevard and Marina Way and ends at the festival site at Nicholl Park, 33rd Street and Macdonald Avenue.

The grand marshal for the parade will be former Mayor Irma Anderson, and other entries will include the Wells Fargo stage coach, African-American horse riders, African-American honor roll students and the Vallejo Corvette Club.

At Nicholl Park, there will be continuous entertainment on two stages, and this year's headline act will be funk band Lakeside, which had the 1980 hit "Fantastic Voyage."

Other main stage acts will include gospel group Consonance and the Bay Area Blues Society Caravan of All Stars.

The Richmond/Contra Costa County chapter of Black Women Organized for political action will have a parade float and a booth at the event under the theme "Black Female Trailblazers," paying tribute to "women of the past and present who have made significant contributions to the city of Richmond, Contra Costa County and our nation."

The booth will be staffed during the day by modern day figures the public can meet and talk to, including former Mayor Anderson; 2013 Miss Richmond Alexis Me'rRay Pickins; Contra Costa Superior Court judges Diana Becton and Judy Johnson; attorney and EBMUD Director Lesa McIntosh; Antioch Councilwoman Monica Wilson; Richmond Councilwoman Jovanka Beckles; state Assembly District 15 candidate Peggy Moore; Veterans Resource Program founder and Director Rhonda F. Harris; past American Cancer Society national Chairwoman Cynthia LeBlanc; Contra Costa College President Denise Noldon; school board member Elaine Merriweather; Mary "Peace" Head, an original Rosie the Riveter; National Park Service ranger Betty Reid Soskin; Richmond BWOPA chapter President Kathleen Sullivan; and Youth Service Bureau Executive Director Talia Hassan.

A youth stage will feature performances by young people from the community, and the park will have ethnic food, vendors, a Kids Expo, activities and more.

For details, go to www.richmondcajuneteenth.org.

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