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Everything you need to know about the Juneteenth Festival of Buffalo

Posted: 11:29 AM, Jun 14, 2019
Updated: 2019-06-14 11:39:08-04
Juneteenth festivities kick off today at Martin Luther King Jr. Park

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The third largest Juneteenth Festival in the country is about to take place in our own backyard.

Juneteenth commemorates the ending of slavery in the United States.

The festival also recognizes the achievements of African Americans in our country.

Here's what you'll be able to find at this year's Juneteenth Festival of Buffalo.

Festival Parade

The parade will be held on Saturday at Genesee Street and Moselle Street. It starts at 11 a.m.

Arts and Cultural Stage

The Arts and Cultural stage will feature artists from across the area both Sunday and Monday. The stage is located on Fillmore Avenue and East Parade Street. Entertainment starts at 2 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.

Vendor Marketplace

This is where you can find jewelry, art and clothes. Hours at the market run from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.

Food Court

The food court is located near the wading pool on Fillmore Avenue. It's open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.

Underground Railroad

Two tours will be provided Saturday and Sunday. Tours are scheduled for 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Pickups are on Best and Fillmore Street.

Health Pavilion

Many health agencies will be on hand offering information. The pavilion is located on Fillmore Avenue near Martin Luther King Drive.

Maafa

Maafa is scheduled for Friday, June 21st at Broderick Park. The event takes place at 6 p.m. Maafa is an opportunity to reflect and heal from the atrocities that were inflicted on Africa and African people.