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June 16th, 2010
San Marcos gears up to celebrate Juneteenth


The Juneteenth parade route provides many spots for enjoying the event.


San Marcos is gearing up to celebrate Juneteenth, the anniversary commemorating the end of the Civil War and the freedom of the slaves, this weekend with a variety of events including a parade, cook-offs, a gospel fest, a cake walk and more.

“We invite all San Marcos citizens to celebrate Juneteenth at the festivities taking place Friday, June 18 through Sunday, June 20,” said City Council member Chris Jones.

The events get started on June 18 with the start of the Juneteenth Charity Cook-off where fajitas, beans, margaritas and the kid’s pork chop events will be sizzling in City Park behind the Parks and Recreation building.

On June 19 a parade will wind its route from the Dunbar Community Center to the Farmers Market. There will be games and activities for the kids all day at Dunbar Park and Community Center, 801 Martin Luther King Drive. The Gospel Fest will be held there, as well, at 1 p.m. and a 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament follows at 3 p.m.

Meanwhile, at City Park, chicken, baby back ribs, cobbler and brisket will be on the grill filling the air with delicious aromas as the cook-off continues.

At 3 p.m at the Dunbar Center a cake walk and bingo is scheduled. At 5 p.m. the domino and spades tournament starts up.

The San Marcos Activity Center, 501 East Hopkins Street, will play host to the cake auction at 5 p.m.

Councilman Jones created a website, where participants may sign up for the parade, talent show, car show and cook-off competitions.

“You can download registration forms for various events on the website,” said Jones. “This is a great opportunity to celebrate a holiday that finds its origin deeply rooted in Texas history.”

On June 19 in 1865, Union troops arrived in Galveston announcing and enforcing the Emancipation Proclamation after the Civil War’s end in April of 1865. From its origin in Galveston, the observance of June 19th as African-American independence day has garnered momentum to become a weekend of the celebration of freedom.

“June 19th—which was quickly shortened to ‘Juneteenth’ among celebrants—has become the African-American addendum to the nation’s Independence Day,” said Jones.  “As Juneteenth jubilees remind us, the Emancipation Proclamation did not bring about emancipation. The Texas Juneteenth celebration is the nation’s oldest and most significant commemoration of the final freeing of the slaves.”

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