Richmond’s Juneteenth Family Day Parade and Festival draws 10,000

Thousands march down Cutting Blvd. in Richmond during the opening of the city’s 10th Annual Juneteenth Family Day Parade and Festival.

Thousands march down Cutting Blvd. in Richmond during the opening of the city’s 10th Annual Juneteenth Family Day Parade and Festival.

Grand Marshal Irma Anderson and son Ahmad Anderson are seated in the Wells Fargo Bank Stagecoach leading thousands of parade participants down Cutting Blvd., in Richmond.

Grand Marshal Irma Anderson and son Ahmad Anderson are seated in the Wells Fargo Bank Stagecoach leading thousands of parade participants down Cutting Blvd., in Richmond.

Enjoying activities at the park are Kyani Corbett and Edward Corbett Jr, Endiya Corbett and Tyree Hayes.

Enjoying activities at the park are Kyani Corbett and Edward Corbett Jr, Endiya Corbett and Tyree Hayes.

Enjoying the activities are Mayor Gayle McLaughlin (third from left) and several of her friends.

Enjoying the activities are Mayor Gayle McLaughlin (third from left) and several of her friends.

Thousands march down Cutting Blvd. in Richmond during the opening of the city’s 10th Annual Juneteenth Family Day Parade and Festival.

Thousands march down Cutting Blvd. in Richmond during the opening of the city’s 10th Annual Juneteenth Family Day Parade and Festival.

By Kia Croom Over 10,000 people from all over the Bay Area came to Richmond Saturday, June 22 to celebrate the city’s 10th Annual Juneteenth Family Day Parade and Festival. It was standing room only at the festival in Nicholl Park, with a crowd that was estimated to be the biggest turnout in the event’s history. “Richmond’s Juneteenth is the best one I have been to all month. I wasn’t going to miss Lakeside for anyone,” said Elise Duncan, who came from from East Oakland to join the celebration. Duncan said she attended Juneteenth events in San Jose, the Fillmore District in San Francisco and Pittsburgh. Sponsors of the 10th Annual Juneteenth Family Day and Festival included: PG&E, Mechanics Bank, DP Security, LifeLong Brookside Community Health Center, Marin Clean Energy, the City of Richmond Office of Neighborhood Safety, KDYA Gospel 1190 The Light, Richmond Community Foundation, Richmond Black Fire Fighters Association, City of Richmond Police Department, Wal-Mart, Richmond Convention and Visitors Bureau, the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts,

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