SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – Juneteenth, once a little-known observance marked by community block parties and family reunions, is now a federal holiday, and groups around the ArkLaTex are hosting events to celebrate and educate.

June 19, 1865 marks the reading of the Emancipation Proclamation to enslaved people in Galveston, Texas.

President Joe Biden signed legislation in 2021 making Juneteenth a federal holiday. Prior to that, Juneteenth was only celebrated in communities that maintained a generational reverence for the historical relevance of the day.

Saturday, June 11 – Cedar Grove Pre-Juneteenth Parade and Homecoming Celebration

Cedar Grove Community Juneteenth 2022 celebration kicks off with a Parade from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The parade will start at the corner of East 71 Street and Fairfield Avenue, south on Fairfield Avenue, and end at 81st Street ECE Center.

The homecoming celebration will follow the parade at AB Palmer SPAR located at 547 East 79 Street from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins will serve as the grand marshall for the parade and homecoming celebration. Former Miss Louisiana Nita Whitaker will be the keynote speaker for the event.

The Cedar Grove Legacy scholarship will award four scholarships to neighborhood residents. Seniors First will award one scholarship to the “Grovite Student of the Year.”

Seeds in Action Community Health Care Inc. is the events title sponsor.

Sunday, June 12 – Freedom Brunch and Paint Official Juneteenth Kickoff

Come out and paint Juneteenth-inspired images on canvas, entertainment, brunch, and giveaways at Artipsy 450 Clyde Fant Parkway Suite 600. The event begins at 12 p.m. and ends at 3 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at Eventbrite.

Friday, June 17 – North Louisiana Juneteenth Parade

The parade will begin at the intersection of Commerce St. and E. Caddo St. at 4:00 p.m. and will end at Festival Plaza around 6:30 p.m. The parade will be fun for the whole family and feature local school bands, dance groups, car clubs, Mardi Gras floats, and performances by local artists. The Juneteenth Weekend Kick-Off hosted by the City of Shreveport and Rho Omega and Friends will follow the parade.

An organization that wishes to participate can sign up here.

Friday, June 17 through Saturday, June 19 – 35th Annual Let the Good Times Roll Festival

Festival Plaza will be alive with culture, music, art, fashion, and unity in the community featuring performances by local, regional, and national music artists.

  • Friday, June 17 at 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 18 at 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 19 at 4 p.m.

Festival admission is $15 for more information or to purchase tickets visit Eventbrite.

Friday, June 17 – Juneteenth Basketball Classic

Natchitoches Junior High School from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Friday, June 18 – Festival on the Downtown Riverbank

Free food, entertainment, live music, bounce house – the festival begins at 5 p.m. and will end with a fireworks display at 9 p.m.

Saturday, June 18 – Shreveport Freedom Ride

Social Bike Rides is hosting its second annual “freedom ride”. Bring your own bike or book a bike rental at socialbikerides.com for this fun social event.

Saturday, June 18 – Juneteenth Block Party

The Baptist Bible Fellowship Church located at 8900 Kingston Road is inviting the community to come out and fellowship with food, prizes, music, and games for all ages to enjoy. Admission is free, just bring lawn chairs.

Saturday, June 18 – Art-ish

This celebration of art and culture will take place at The Lot, 400 Crockett St from 12 p.m. – 10 p.m. Art-ish 2022 will include an exclusive musical lineup, 50 exhibitor booths, diverse food options, and a Juneteenth-inspired permanent public art installation.

Admission is $5 for those 13 years and up.

For information about becoming a vendor, click here.

Saturday, June 18 – Pop-up and Pose

The Minden Civic Center is the stage for this pop-up shop and fashion showcase. Doors open at noon. This event is free.

“The people of Texas are informed that in accordance with a Proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired laborer.”

General Granger’s Order Number 3 – as read to enslaved Black people in Galveston, Texas