The City of Dallas is getting ready for a first-of-its kind Juneteenth celebration.
Darryl Blair, with the festival, says it’s incredibly important for the community.
“The Emancipation Proclamation,” Blair says. “When that document arrived in Galveston … and General Granger brought it forth, it gave us an opportunity to celebrate our freedom. And by celebrating our freedom and all of the obstacles that we've gone through thus far, we’re able to now engage other folks to come out and be engaged with us.”
Blair says the festival is more than a celebration, it’s an engagement of all races and cultures.
The festivities kick off at 10 a.m. June 19 with a 3.5 mile march ending at Fair Park. That’s where the rest of the festivities are: music and shows, historical exhibits, even COVID-19 vaccines.
It’s all free and Blair says everyone is invited to come out and celebrate.
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