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Juneteenth Events planned in Acadiana

Friday is Juneteenth – learn the history behind the holiday
Posted at 3:30 PM, Jun 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-19 12:26:39-04

Several events are planned in Acadiana for Juneteenth 2021. All of the events listed here are free, open to the public and family-friendly.

IBERIA PARISH:

A New Chapter Push in collaboration with the Jeanerette Chamber of Commerce will hold a Juneteenth celebration on Saturday, June 19. The event will be held from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. at King Joseph Park on Martin Luther King Drive in Jeanerette.

COVID-19 vaccines will be available for kids 12-17 (parents must be present).

LAFAYETTE PARISH:

When: June 18, 2021
Where: Bus pickup at Northgate Mall; to New Orleans and back to Lafayette
What: Juneteenth bus ride to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Freedom Rides
A bus will pick up at 6:30 a.m. at the Northgate Mall parking lot (the Castille St. side). Bus will leave at 7 a.m. sharp; masks must be worn on the bus. Contact: 337-501-7617

When: June 19, 2021, 8am to 9:30am
Where: St. Anthony Church Hall, 615 Edison
What: Father & Son / Daughter Breakfast
RSVP 337-501-7617

When: June 19, 2021 10am to 11:30am
Where: Clifton Chenier Center, 220 W. Willow St
What: Gentrification & Reparations Workshop
Guest Panelists Q & A Session

When: June 19, 2021 10am to 1pm
Where: Acts of Love Church 104 Blue Boy Drive Scott, LA
What: Free Lunch and Snacks

When: June 19, 2021 12pm to 5:30pm
Where: Clifton Chenier Center, 220 W. Willow St.
What: Family Fun Day
Vendors; three Live Bands (Blues and Reggae); African Drumming & Dancers Spoken Word; Food
Joseph Breaux & Voices of Inspiration; Lee Allen & Friends;
Homegrown Reggae w/ Russell Cormier

When: June 19, 2021 6pm to 8pm
Where: Juneteenth Celebration at Mouton Statue (NOW AT CLIFTON CHENIER CENTER, 220 W. WILLOW ST.)
What: Juneteenth Celebration, Music; Speakers
You can read more about this event here.

Some of the sponsors of these events include: Imani Temple #49, AACC Acts of Love Church; Sun CHDO, Knights of Peter Claver, Lafayette NAACP Unit 6060, Move The Mindset.

ST. MARY PARISH:

A Juneteenth Bike Ride will be held Saturday, June 19, in Morgan City. It begins at 8 a.m. at Sumpter Williams Park and will continue to Johnson Memorial Park.

The Soul Food Festival is planned for Saturday, June 19, in Franklin. The festival is happening on the Bayou Side of Teche Drive, and Willow Street to Jackson Street. Enjoy soul food, live music, a 5K race, health village, Juneteenth exhibit, and more. Musical performances by DJ Kidd/KZBE 105.9, DJ Troy D, and more.

VERMILION PARISH:

A Black Excellence Festival is being held Saturday, June 19, in Abbeville. It will take place at Ark of the Covenant Ministry, located at 210 South St. Valerie Street, starting at 7 p.m.