Emancipation commemorated with Juneteenth celebration Saturday

Non-stop entertainment and music are planned for the 12th Annual Juneteenth Celebration event on Saturday, June 14, from noon to 5 p.m. at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, 1950 Lemon Ave. The Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine, Partners of Parks, Central Area Association, Long Beach City College and the Sixth District Office will be presenting the event.
“Celebrate Freedom for All,” with entertainment from: the legendary Lowrider Band, performers of such hits as “Why Can’t We be Friends,” “The Cisco Kid,” “The World is a Ghetto,” and “Slippin’ Into Darkness;” Dengue Fever, a local multi-ethnic band; 2 Our Solo; Ballet Folklorico; Minister Johnson King Gospel Celebration; and the Long Beach City College’s Band of the California Battalion. ABC7 reporter Leo Stallworth will read the Emancipation Proclamation. Music expert and historian Steve Proper, Rock’n Steve, will discuss the importance of the Long Beach music scene and prominent area bands including the Debonairs and the Lowrider Band. Erroll Parker will serve as master of ceremonies for the celebration.
This year’s celebration will be an open-air festival, so bring your own chairs and blankets for seating. There will be live musical performances, food vendors, and a Safety & Health Fair with stress-reduction services, massages, and information on physical activity and various health screenings. Kids can enjoy a spectacular children’s area with games, jumpers and much more. There’s something for everyone at this year’s celebration.
For more information on the Juneteenth Celebration, call (562) 570-4405. For information on other Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine programs, call (562) 570-3100 or visit www.lbparks.org, sign up for E-notify to receive e-mail with the latest information.

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