12th Annual Juneteenth Celebration


Save the Date

Sunday, June 12, 2016
1pm - 6pm
Washington Park
(Parade Grounds)
Albany, NY

Free and Open to the Public of the Greater Capital Region

Albany's Washington Park will be the center of a free community event focused on looking back, reflecting and
celebrating the future. The Juneteenth Celebration features a wide variety of family-friendly entertainment, kids'
zone, chess area, drums area, crafts area, stage with world-class live entertainment, educational opportunities
and food, beverage and retail vendors.

To start off the celebration, the 1st annual Juneteenth Cultural Parade will begin at noon along the Knox Street
Mall within Washington Park. The parade acknowledges African American people past, present and future and
will include youth groups, community members and churches.

Schedule of Activities & Stage Performances

Friday, June 10th, 6p - 8p (AACCCR, 135 S. Pearl St, Albany, NY 12202)

Awards Ceremony to Honor Six Outstanding Community Leaders. The recipients were chosen due to their hard work and dedication which reflects the AACCCR’s commitment to educating and empowering the residents in the Capital District through a variety of educational, cultural and performing arts, programs and activities that promote awareness, and raise the collective consciousness of all ethnicities to the rich and vibrant history, contributions, and culture of African Americans.

Award Recipients include:

  • Ms. Elaine Houston – Outstanding News Anchor
  • Pastor Elgin Joseph Taylor, Sr. – Outstanding Clergy
  • Rev. Dr. Damone P. Johnson – Outstanding Clergy
  • Dr. Maxine Ford – Outstanding Educator
  • Ms. Anne Pope – Outstanding Civil Rights Leader
  • Mr. Alan Weeks – Outstanding Leader in the Performing Arts

Sunday, June 12th

  • 12:00 – 1st Annual Juneteenth Cultural Parade
  • 12:00 – Music by DJ JEMinii
  • 1:00 – Welcome by the Honorable Mayor Kathy Sheehan & Opening Comments by Dee Watson (MC)
  • 1:10 – Black American National Anthem by Chevell Edwards
  • 1:20 – Purpose of Juneteenth Celebrations by Barbara Howard
  • 1:30 – Dance performance by H.I.P.H.O.P. Group
  • 1:45 – Poetry by Danielle Colin & Darian Gooden
  • 2:00 – Afro-Pop by Crescente
  • 2:30 – Youth Performances by Grammy prize winners YNG (Young Noble Gentlemen)
  • 2:45 – Singing by Tara Merritt
  • 3:00 – Jazz by Out of the Box
  • 3:45 – Juneteenth Honorees Presented
  • 4:00 – Blues by FUNKMERCHANT
  • 4:30 – African Dance by Tsehaya&Co.
  • 4:45 – R&B by Legacy
  • 5:15 – Gospel Singing by The N.B.C. Chorale & Lalanda Moody
  • 5:30 – Singing by Irene Farrell (The Vivacious Vegan)
  • 5:45 – Youth empowerment by T.B.U. Productions & Prince Spra

Other Information

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1st Annual Juneteenth Parade

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Parade Starts at 12pm

Sign up now and help to create the cultural parade that acknowledges African American people past, present and future. Our goal for 2016 is to establish ourselves with an inspirational parade by including as many community groups and families as possible to historically, artistically, spiritually and economically demonstrate our magnificent African/African American history. We are putting the call out now for 2016 participants by community organizations, churches, public school bands, marching bands, drum groups, dance groups, martial arts schools, running clubs, walking clubs, youth groups, senior groups, sororities, fraternities and more. We exclude almost no one who wants to participate in creating this inspirational commemoration of African American history. Contact us for more information or fill out our parade registration form.

All Community Organizations are Invited to Participate

Matching uniforms are recommmended. No floats/vehicles this year.

Interested in Registering?

Anyone interested in registering a group to march in the parade MUST attend one of these Parade Registration Meetings:

  • Sunday, June 5th from 6:00 pm -7:30 pm @ AACCCR - 135 S. Pearl St, Albany, NY 12202
  • Saturday, June 11th from 6:00 pm -7:30 pm @ AACCCR - 135 S. Pearl St, Albany, NY 12202