Juneteenth Festival kicks off tonight in Lansing

LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – It’s being called the biggest Juneteenth Festival yet and, after 22 years, that’s quite a statement.

The annual 3-day event begins at 5:30 p.m. tonight in the Lansing City Hall lobby. There will be music and the official recognition of “Freedom Day” by Judge Donald Allen, Jr. This is the 11th annual State of Michigan “Juneteenth Freedom Day” recognition.

The Festival hits high gear Friday at 3 p.m. at St. Joseph Park. Organizers say there will be lots of food and a community softball game at 6 p.m. to honor the Negro Baseball League. If you’re more the “sit and relax” sort of person then you’re in luck. At 7:15 p.m. there will be an open-air showing of the movie “Selma”.

On Saturday the African-American Parade begins at 10 a.m. from the Lett Community Center. The parade will go to St. Joseph Park for a full day of events.

The Lansing Juneteenth Celebration marks the end of slavery in the United States. The local event brings together cultural exhibits, food, music and health information for the entire family.

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