The Pennsylvania Juneteenth Initiative, Inc. is hosting the 4th annual Philadelphia Juneteenth
Celebration: Parade and Music Festival on Saturday, June 22, 2019. In addition to the parade
festivities, the Juneteenth Initiative will be hosting an inaugural essay and poetry contest.
Students in grades 6-12 are invited to participate in the essay contest by submitting an essay,
original poem or rap song that connects with one of the prompts provided.
In the interest of public safety, the 2020 Philadelphia Juneteenth Parade & Festival is canceled.
Festivities will return on Saturday, June 19, 2021.
We recognize the Juneteenth holiday and its public commemoration is more important now than ever. Juneteenth represents an historic triumph of the human spirit. With the corona virus weighing heavily on everyone’s spirits, the world should know that we’ve been here before. And just as our spirit was not defeated by slavery, it will not be defeated by this pandemic. Philadelphia needs the uplift that the Juneteenth Parade has delivered for the past 4 years.
We will skip 2020, but we’ve already started planning for 2021! It will be bigger and better than ever!