2016 Juneteenth Emancipation Celebration

2016 Juneteenth Emancipation Celebration

Photo by Francisco Montes

A little rain will never spoil the 2016 Juneteenth Emancipation Celebration. Though the anticipated opening of a renovated Emancipation Park has been delayed until the end of summer because of consistent spring deluges, according to Friends of Emancipation Park president Dorris Ellis Robinson, the 43rd annual celebration is going to be better than ever. Houston’s version of the holiday, which celebrates the abolition of slavery in the United States, begins with a 10 a.m. parade in Third Ward on a route that leaves Texas Southern University at Ennis and Wheeler, cruises down Dowling, Holman and Live Oak, and ends outside Project Row Houses, where a freedom festival includes food, vendors and an open stage for performers. This year’s Juneteenth parade, which takes place as a petition to rename Dowling Street “Emancipation Avenue” remains in circulation, features state representative Al Edwards as the grand marshal. “It’s going to be a fun scene of freedom and a big, big festival to go along with the parade,” says Ellis Robinson. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday. Project Row Houses, 2521 Holman. For information, call 713-443-9774 or visit emancipationusa.com. Free.

[Organizer's description:]

Celebrating the abolition of slavery in the United States of America

and the park where the world's Juneteenth Celebrations began!

The 2016 Emancipation Celebration is a historic one!

153rd anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation;

151st year since the slaves in Texas were informed of their freedom;

144th celebration involving Emancipation Park

and the 43rd year of central Houston Juneteenth Parades!

Location update...

Due to flooding delays in construction at Emancipation Park, Friends of Emancipation Park’s Juneteenth Events have relocated to nearby venues...

Trinity United Methodist Church, 2600 Holman at Live Oak, Houston TX 77004...MAP

Third Ward Multi-Svs Center, 3611 Ennis, Houston TX 77004 ...MAP

Project Row Houses, 2521 Holman @ Live Oak, Houston TX 77004...MAP

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