This past June I had a chance to go to the Juneteenth Festival in San Francisco. The holiday, which is on June 19th, marks the moment that all African Americans held as slaves in the United States were informed that they were free. This historic event took place in Texas about two years after the Emancipation Proclamation. It is not recognized as a national holiday yet but it is considered one of the oldest celebrations of the end of slavery.
This year was the 68th celebration in the city of San Francisco. I had missed the parade, arriving just in time to see catch one of the cowboys walking his horse into his trailer. 🙁 I did however get to enjoy some of the festivities afterward. There was a car show, music, dancing and a good number of food vendors. 🙂 Several businesses also set up booths to sell their wares. I got a nice skirt with matching head-tie from Lola’s African Apparel (lolasafricanapparel.com).
It was a good time. I took several photos but I was not familiar with the camera I was using. So half of my pictures came out blurry. Here are some of the good ones.
I hope I will be able to attend next year and see the parade. Next time I will test my camera settings in advance so I can share more of it with you. 🙂