The City of Donaldsonville is scheduled to celebrate its 25th Annual Juneteenth Festival,Saturday, June 5, from 11am – 7pm at the Frank Sotile Pavillion .
The Juneteenth Festival tradition has continued locally since its inception in 1996.
Started by former Donaldsonville Mayor B.J. Francis Sr. and his late wife, Janet Ganes Francis, it was continued through the efforts of the River Road African American Museum and other volunteers in the community. In 2011, Tamiko Francis Garrison, Allison Hudson, and the City of Donaldsonville assumed the planning of the festival.
The family oriented festival is free and open to the public.
Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865 when Union General Gordon Granger read General Order #3 , in Galveston, Texas, announcing that “all slaves are free”by Proclamation of President Abraham Lincoln. The Emancipation Proclamation was signed by President Abraham Lincoln on September 22, 1862, and issued on January 1, 1863. It took more than two and a half years for the news to travel to southwest Texas. “Juneteenth is a landmark in history, a celebration of freedom and the end of enslavement in America,” said Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., founder and chairman of the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation and the National Juneteenth Jazz Artist.
At 2pm the Juneteenth Committee invites the 2021 high school and college graduates to walk across the stage with there stole, ropes and medals to celebrate their accomplishments.
At 4pm Skye Taylor, the 2020 Miss Donaldsonville Juneteenth, will crown the 2021 Miss Donaldsonville Juneteenth, Miss Teen Donaldsonville Juneteenth and Little Miss Donaldsonville Juneteenth.
“Come out, bring your family/chairs, listen to the wonderful music, hear the history of Juneteenth and enjoy delicious cuisine of our local vendors” said Garrison, volunteer co-chairperson.
11am-11:30am – History
11:30 -12:30pm Angel of FaithWanda AugustGospel Show live from Juneteenth
12:30pm – 2pm DJ Mario
2:00pm – 3:30pm DJ Thriller and graduates
3:00pm – 4:00pm Red Tape Musiq
4pm – 4:30pm – Crowning of 2021 Little Miss Juneteenth, Miss Teen Juneteenth and Miss Juneteenth
4:30pm – 5:30pm Universal Language
6:00pm – 7pm Michael Foster Project
Other Juneteenth events in Louisiana are:
- New Orleans
- Baton Rouge