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SWLA Juneteenth Music Festival & Pageant

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Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States.  On June 19, 1865, Union soldiers landed at Galveston, Texas with the news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free.  Today, Juneteenth celebrates African American freedom and achievement while encouraging continuous self-development and respect for all cultures.

The Southwest Louisiana (SWLA) Juneteenth Committee's mission is to remember the the abolishment of slavery by celebrating the joys of liberty, educating communities about African American heritage, and by promoting positive cultural interaction.? Each year, the Juneteenth Committee hosts various events, including the SWLA Juneteenth Music Festival. 

The Juneteenth pageant will be held on June 10th at the Clifton Chenier Center and participants are needed. For more information and to register for the pageant, click HERE. The page has everything you need including the entry application. If you have questions, you can call Brenda Andrus at 337-258-1666.

A complete lineup of weekend events leading up to the Juneteenth Music Festival on June 18th at Heymann Park can be found at their website, www.swlajuneteenth.org/

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