Over 10,000 people joined in the celebration of Richmond’s10th Annual Juneteenth Family Day Parade and Festival, Saturday, June 22, presented by the Neighborhood Block Association, Chevron Richmond Refinery and the City of Richmond.This year’s grand marshal was former Richmond Mayor Irma Anderson, the first African-American female mayor in the state. The parade will featured a West Contra Costa County Unified School District parade of scholars. This year’s event included two stages of entertainment featuring event headliner Lakeside; host and comedian J-Red; Gospel headliner Consonance; the Stars of Judah; The Priesthood; Michael Butler and friends; the Bay Area Blues Society Caravan of Allstars ;and a musical tribute to the late Blues legend Jimmy McCracklin by Sue McCracklin and Sweet Nectar. Other performances included the Bay Area Steppers, Easter Hill United Methodist Church Praise Dancers and Gospel Hip Hop artist Transparent. Among the activities was a Juneteenth Poetry Contest hosted by Richmond youth volunteers. Youth between the ages of 10 and 23 were encouraged to participate. A portion of the festivities commemorated the lives of children who died from violence.
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