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- Juneteenth Proclamation: June 14 at 10:30 a.m. at the Atrium at Lafayette Parish City Hall.
- SWLA Juneteenth Freedom Festival: June 17 – 19. Will include a Job Fair, Sickle Cell Walk, a festival, and Gospel on the Lawn.
- SWLA Juneteenth Play: On June 22, there will be a matinee performance at 2 p.m. and a performance at 7 p.m. at the James Devin Moncus Theater.
- Iberia Parish NAACP Juneteenth Celebration: On June 16, sponsored by Iberia Parish Neighborhood Watch, at the Sliman Center at 6 p.m. Featured speaker is Elaine P. Campbell, retired educator and journalist.
- The Iberia African American Historical Society will hold a meet & greet on Sat., June 18, 2022, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Shadows-on-the-Teche Visitor Center (320 E. Main St.). The gathering is free and open to IAAHS members and anyone who wishes to learn more about the society’s work. Refreshments will be served. Coincidentally, Juneteenth is celebrated that very weekend, so a bit of emancipation discussion may be offered as an additional treat.
- The GPAL Foundation will host a banquet celebrating African American history of success and freedom in Iberia Parish on June 17 at 7 p.m. at the Old School. Formal attire is recommended. It’s $50 for one ticket and $500 for a table. The banquet will honor Dr. Brunette King-Blue and share her story. There will also be a discussion about juvenile and criminal justice reform led by local youth and legal/judicial professionals.
- The GPAL Foundation will hold a festival and parade on June 18. Festival setup starts at 8 a.m., the parade will go from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. down Main Street, and the festival will be from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. in Bouligny Plaza.
St. Landry Parish
- Juneteeth Folklife Celebration: June 18 at the Opelousas Farmers Market. The celebration will highlight traditions of African-American culture in the area.
- Thensted Center Juneteenth Celebration of Freedom: June 18 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be music, food, and fun. Wristbands for all day play for kids are $5.
- Soul Food Festival: June 17 & 18 in Franklin there will be some soul food, a 5k race, a Juneteenth exhibit, Children’s village, live music and much more.
St. Martin Parish
- First Annual Juneteenth Parade: June 18 at 5:30 p.m. The parade will begin at Judge Carl Williams Park in Breaux Bridge to Martin St., down Courville St., to Carver St., around Anderson St. and end at the same park.