Thousands gathered along Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive Tuesday to take part in the Juneteenth Day Festivities, including Milwaukee’s mayor and other elected officials.
The annual Juneteenth Day celebration is a national event commemorating the date that slaves in Galveston, Texas heard the news of the Emancipation Proclamation, marking the end of slavery. Milwaukee has one of the nation’s largest Juneteenth events; this year’s celebration marks its 41st year.
The celebration began Tuesday morning with a parade down Atkinson Avenue and up Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive. The street festival featured kids’ games, exhibits, soul food, music and more. Live entertainment included local African dance groups and a variety of musical groups.
The sponsors and co-sponsors of the celebration, included Northcott Neighborhood House, Miller Coors, WE Energies, Milwaukee Transit, Johnson Controls, Gruber Law Office, Jam 98.3, Social Development Commission, Direct Supply and The BloodCenter of Wisconsin.