Juneteenth Parade kicks off city wide celebrations

A Juneteenth parade will be held for the Natchitoches community on Saturday, June 10 beginning at 3 p.m. The parade will kick off upcoming city wide celebrations. Parade lineup will begin at 2 pm at the empty lot next to Checkers on Texas street, proceed to MLK and terminate at City Park on Amulet Street.

There will be a speaker, vendors,  music, food, and fun and games for all ages. The police department will participating with community organizers and sponsors, and will provide water slide and other fun activities while also interacting with the community.

For more information or to take part in the parade contact Betty Sawyer Smith @ 318- 332-8668, Maria Mangum @ 318- 471-8105 or Tan’Keia Palmer at 318-527-6800.

Gov. John Bel Edwards signed HB 554 (Act 128) into law on June 18, 2021 declaring Juneteenth as an observed permanent state holiday. The Historical Legacy of Juneteenth celebrates the resiliency of African Americans and the value of never giving up hope even in uncertain times.