To mark its 50th anniversary, Milwaukee’s Juneteenth Day Parade and Celebration is set to take place Saturday, June 19. The parade will start at 8 a.m. from 14th and Atkinson and will travel to Burleigh and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.
The 2021 Juneteenth Parade will be broadcast live on Milwaukee’s TMJ4. The station is also producing historical and educational pieces to run during the 8-10 a.m. broadcast on June 19.Juneteenth Day commemorates the ending of slavery in the United States. The world-wide event, dating back to June 1865, began when the Union soldiers landed at Galveston, Texas with the news that the war had ended and the enslaved were now free. The Juneteenth Day Celebration in Milwaukee is among the oldest and longest running such parades in the nation.
Opening Ceremonies, signaling the start of the festival, will kick off at 9:30am. with festivities running along King Drive, between Burleigh and North Avenue. All activities will end by 4 p.m.
To keep community residents safe, Northcott Neighborhood House (NNH), the organizer of the Juneteenth Day Celebrations, made the decision to cancel last year’s event due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This year, NNH is working with its health partners, Milwaukee Health Department, and the Milwaukee Heritage Health Center, to set safety standards as well as follow the guidelines set by Center for Disease Control.
All attendees will be required to wear face masks. Volunteers will be handing out free masks to those who need them. Anyone who is not wearing a mask will be asked to leave by NNH security.