3 Southern Juneteenth celebrations

Where to celebrate the first anniversary of the federal holiday
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Juneteenth-style jubilee in Congo Square

Photo from Alamy

Chattanooga
Throughout June
The fifth annual Chattanooga Festival of Black Arts & Ideas honors artists of African descent all month long. Events include the Black Dads Matter Father’s Day Gospel Jazz Brunch and a “Summer of Soul” music festival.

New Orleans
June 19
Two years before Galveston got word of the Emancipation Proclamation, Black residents of New Orleans held the country’s first Juneteenth-style jubilee in Congo Square. Head to the historic park for the long-running drum circle and celebration.

Atlanta
June 17–20
The 10th anniversary of the Juneteenth Atlanta Parade & Music Festival is a massive party at Centennial Olympic Park, featuring a battle of high school marching bands, double-Dutch performers, an aboriginal powwow, and a vibrant street parade.

This article appears in the Spring & Summer 2022 issue of Southbound.

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