Juneteenth to mix solemn remembrance with food, fun, music
The Limestone County Juneteenth celebration is just days away, running from the afternoon of Friday, June 16, and continuing through Monday, June 19.
Organizers are expecting a large influx of participants that Friday and have made more room available by clearing additional land at Booker T. Washington Park, on Lake Mexia, where the event will take place.
One of the highlights is a parade on Saturday at 10 a.m., so groups are expected to camp out Friday night, with RVs, tents and their horses and other vehicles to be used in Saturday’s parade so they may be ready for the morning’s events.
Dr. Sharon Kirven-Henley, who is organizing the parade with her husband, Rex, said the parade route is three miles long and will begin near the Lake Mexia volunteer fire station.
“They will circle around on one of the roads and come back to FM 3437, then proceed to the front entrance gate,” she said. “That’s when we will officially open the ceremony.”
More detailed directions will be given once people get to the park.
Every day of the Juneteenth event will see events, pony rides and other activities; also booths offering a variety of food, soft drinks and other items for sale. The list of food items includes barbecue brisket, turkey legs, fish, ribs, hot dogs, chili dogs, nachos, tacos, Frito pies, popcorn, chips, french fries, sausage, loaded baked potatoes, homemade lemonade, sodas, Gatorade, snow cones, cookies, cakes and pies.
Also each day, there will be live music by talented musicians, starting Friday with Jeff Aycock, known as the Saxman, performing with the Old School R&B Band; and Cedrick D’Vine, who also does R&B, as well as hip hop and gospel music. A dance area will be set up near the music area.
Kirven-Henley said the organization has contacted several horseback riding clubs in the Waco-Mexia area, as well as relatives who have horses and want to ride in the parade.
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