City of Pasadena Celebrates Juneteenth

Older adult male and young girl side by side playing African drums outdoors on grassPASADENA, Calif.—Join the City of Pasadena Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department and Pasadena’s Black History Month Committee for the 14th annual Juneteenth celebration Saturday, June 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Robinson Park, 1081 N. Fair Oaks Ave.

Juneteenth commemorates the effective end of slavery in the United States. Two years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, news reached Texas and, upon learning they were free, former slaves immediately began celebrating with prayer, feasting, song and dance. Juneteenth is now a day to reflect and celebrate African American history and culture.

The City's free, family-friendly Juneteenth celebration will feature drummers and dancers from the Alkebulan Cultural Center, live music provided by Luv From Abuv, spoken word performed by Pasadena City College students, arts and crafts with Armory Center for the Arts, line dancing, inflatable games, and more. Free hot dogs, drinks and snacks will be available while they last, and three food trucks will provide food for purchase.

Representatives from five historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs)—Hampton University, Howard University, Morehouse College, Paul Quinn College and Tuskegee University—and two local higher ed institutions, Pasadena City College and Pacific Oaks College, will be on site providing enrollment information. Representatives from ArtCenter College of Design will also be on site to share information with attendees.

Come meet new friends or reconnect with old ones as we celebrate Juneteenth.

Live coverage will air on the City’s government TV channel, KPAS, channel 3 for Charter subscribers and channel 99 for AT&T U-verse subscribers.

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