RICHMOND -- The city will celebrate African-American history at the annual Juneteenth Family Day Parade and Festival from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 28.
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.
The celebration starts with a parade at 10 a.m. at Cutting Boulevard and Marina Way that will feature Contra Costa College District Chancellor Helen Benjamin as grand marshall.
The parade goes to the ends at the festival site at Nicholl Park, 33rd Street and Macdonald Avenue, where there will be two stages of entertainment, health screenings, ethnic food, a children's expo, a youth poetry slam, a "Nae Nae" dance contest, local vendors and more.
Performers will include Slave, Dawn Robinson, Dee Dee Simon, gospel host Rev. E. Romel Jackson, Nymani Music, Zettie Gooden, Anthony Washington and Levitical Movement and Chonda Renee Kirkland.
A special display will commemorate the Black Panther Party in Richmond.