KENNER, La (press release) – You are invited to attend the 6th Annual CommUNITY Juneteenth Festival in Rivertown on June 18-19 at 410 William Blvd. Parking at Kenner. The festival starts at 11:00 a.m. each day and ends at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday and 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. Sunday will be a special day of greeting for fathers and father figures, and a special ecumenical service, which begins the day at 11 a.m.
The festival will highlight Juneteenth History; sellers of arts, crafts and entrepreneurial products; food vendors; a large children’s tent where they can learn to make African drums and dance, play fun games, and receive books and supplies for summer reading, community resources, COVID information, and Sunday, June 19, father’s day, a photo for fathers and their families and a special gift for father’s day, etc. The Artist Stage will feature New Orleans’ finest: Charmaine Neville and Amasa Miller, Linda Wright, Gina Brown, Called to Worship, Zena Moses, Kim Phillips, Zulu Gospel Choir, Rechell Cook and Band, Mardi Indians Gras, Favor and Moreover.
We are always looking for young entrepreneurs for a special workshop and the possibility of a free stand as a vendor. Please email [email protected]
On June 16, 2021, Governor Edwards signed HB 554 (Bill 128) by Baton Rouge Rep. Larry Selders, signing the June 19 observance into law and making the third Saturday in June a permanent holiday. Juneteenth celebrates the day in 1865 when Union Major General Gordon Granger announced their freedom to the last enslaved African Americans in Texas, two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation. In a statement announcing the declaration, Governor Edwards called Juneteenth “a day of learning, sharing and honoring the history, culture and achievements of African Americans across the state and nation. Juneteenth is a celebration of freedom and justice, and it’s a reminder of the strength and determination of African Americans throughout history.”
This national celebration brings together people from all ethnic groups to celebrate freedom, reflect on our past and look forward with hope to a bright future. This event is co-sponsored by Councilman Gregory Carroll, Kenner City Council District 1 and Councilman Byron Lee, Jefferson Parish Council District 3.
REJOICE, Inc. is the 501(c)(3) nonprofit service of New Birth Cathedral of Glory Ministries serving families in Jefferson, Orleans, and River Parishes, helping them rise and staying up. These services by all-volunteer staff include, but are not limited to: provision of school supplies, uniforms, and books for vacation and summer reading; skills development workshops; financial management courses; youth activities; services to our seniors; book grants for university students; cultural enrichment opportunities; supporting Washington Elementary STEM School students, faculty, and staff through our “We Care” initiative; and served as a COVID-19 vaccination site in partnership with Ochsner Medical Center All proceeds will support the services of REJOICE, Inc.
If you have any questions, please call 504-458-7556 or email [email protected] This event is chaired by Raina Edwards. Esq., and co-chaired by Myrna Carter Jones.
“Equipping and Empowering Families for Excellence and Service”
REJOICE, Inc. 6th Annual June 19 Community Festival
Saturday June 18 – 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday, June 19 – 11:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Theme: Celebrating freedom: mind, body, spirit