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12th Annual Juneteenth Celebration
Lowrider Band 12th Annual Juneteenth Celebration set for Martin Luther King, Jr. Park in Long Beach

Non-stop entertainment and music is planned for the 12th Annual Juneteenth Celebration event on Saturday, June 14, 12 to 5 p.m., at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, 1950 Lemon Ave. The Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine Department, Partners of Parks, Central Area Association and Long Beach City College will be presenting the event.

Come "Celebrate Freedom for All," and soak up the vibrations and multi-cultural make-up of the musical magnificent seven, The Lowrider Band.  Sensual and joyful sounds of the Latin diaspora, earthy blues of the black experience, the rootsy fruit of the Afro Cuban Contingent and the enchanting melodies of a not-so-distant promise land make up the sounds of the legendary Lowrider Band, performers of such hits as "Why Can’t We be Friends, The Cisco Kid, The World is a Ghetto, and Slippin’ Into Darkness." Also performing at Juneteenth will be "Dengue Fever," a local multi-ethnic band that stays remarkably true to the crazy party music spirit of the ‘60s and 70’s era, and much more. Special performers including local band 2 Our Solo and the Ballet Folklorico, with local church groups completing the line-up. Errol Parker will serve as master of ceremonies for the celebration 

The Juneteenth 2008 Celebration will be an open-air festival so bring your own chairs and blankets for seating. The festival will including live musical performances, food vendors, crafts and a Safety & Health Fair with stress reduction services, massages, and information on physical activity and various health screenings. Kids can enjoy a spectacular children’s area with games, jumpers and much more. College students can gather information about financial aid, housing, requirements for college and basic "student life" at the Long Beach City College booth. There's something for every family member at this year's celebration of freedom for all.

Juneteenth Celebrations started on June 19, 1865, when word reached the people of Texas that President Lincoln had signed the proclamation freeing slaves two years earlier on January 1, 1863.  Jubilation over this news turned into annual celebrations and homecomings for those who had been separated from their families and friends. These annual celebrations became known as Juneteenth.

For more information on the Juneteenth Celebration, call (562) 570-4405. For information on other Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine programs, call (562) 570-3100. Sign up for E-notify and we’ll e-mail you the latest information!