Juneteenth is a holiday in the United States that commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in the U.S. state of Texas in June 1865, and more generally the emancipation of African American slaves throughout the South.
In Buffalo, NY, Juneteenth is celebrated from June 13th to the 14th. This year they celebrated their 40th consecutive Juneteenth Festival at Dr. Martin Luther King (MLK) Jr. Park.
For the first time, Community Services for the Developmentally Disabled participated in their Juneteenth Parade early Saturday, June 13th. They began at the corner of Genesee and Goodyear and proceeded into MLK Park.
At Community Services we strive to encourage the people that we serve to be productive, participating members in the community. We felt that participating in the Juneteenth parade would be an excellent opportunity to get both our employees and the people we serve involved with the community. The day couldn’t have gone any more perfect. Everyone arrived bright and early that Saturday morning with their blue shirts, ready to have some fun. They had pounds of candy to give to the children who were eagerly awaiting with their bags wide open; banners and signs with the Community Services logo on them, and music to add to the festivities. Everyone had such a great time that they were already thinking about ideas of what to do next year. Thank you everyone who participated in the Juneteenth Parade!