LAFAYETTE, La (KLFY) — Juneteenth is a holiday that celebrates the end of slavery in the United States. Gov. Edwards recently signed a bill that officializes the recognition of the holiday in the state of Louisiana. There are events planned throughout the day in Lafayette that honor the holiday.
Here’s a schedule:
6 a.m. – 5 p.m. — Freedom Ride; from Lafayette to New Orleans and back. Bus leaves the Northgate Mall (Castille St. side) at 7 a.m. sharp.
5 p.m. until Opening Celebration — CANCELLED
8 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. — Father & Son/Daughter Breakfast; St. Anthony Church Hall, 615 Edison St. RSVP at 337-501-7617.
10 a.m. – 11:30 am. — Gentrification & Reparations Workshop; Clifton Chenier Center, 220 W. Willow St. Guest panelists Q & A session.
10 a.m. – 1 p.m. — Free lunch and snacks at Acts of Love Church, 104 Blue Boy Drive, Scott, La
12 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. — Family Fun Day; Clifton Chenier Center, 220 W. Willow St.
- Vendors; 3 Live Bands (Blues and Reggae); African Drumming & Dancers Spoken Word; Food
- Joseph Breaux & Voices of Inspiration; Lee Allen & Friends
- Homegrown Reggae w/ Russell Cormier
4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. — Juneteenth Commemoration at the Mouton Statue; Music and speakers. Corner of Jefferson St. and Lee Ave.
12 p.m. – 5 p.m. — Juneteenth Block Party presented by Perspectives Appeal; The Brass Room, 1301 Surrey St. Vendors, guest speakers, food, tarot readings, and more.
7 p.m. – 11 p.m. — Juneteenth Block Party presented by Acadiana Black; Reve Coffee Roasters, 200 Jefferson St. Local artist pop-ups, vendors, food, raffle, music performances, and more.
Some of the sponsors are as follows:
Imani Temple #49 AACC
Acts of Love Church; Sun CHDO
Knights of Peter Cleavers
Lafayette NAACP Unit 6060
Move The Mindset