Emancipation Celebration and Parade

2019 Emancipation Celebration and Parade

The annual Emancipation Celebration Parade organized by the W.C. Young Community Center will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 3, 2019.  Parade line-up begins at 10 a.m.  The parade, which typically attracts approximately 60 entries, will start at Walter Jetton Boulevard and Washington Street, travel south along Walter Jetton Boulevard, and finish at Robert Coleman Park.  Festivities and vendors will be at Robert Coleman Park immediately after the parade and throughout the afternoon and early evening.  

Events for the annual 8th of August Emancipation Celebration are scheduled for July 31 through August 8.  The theme this year is Uplift. 

The Parks & Recreation Department is holding a free RIVERfront Concert Series event on Thursday, August 1 featuring Positive Movement from 6 until 7 p.m. and then enjoy the music of Sean Ardoin from 7 until approximately 8:30 p.m.    

Various activities and vendors will be held at Robert Coleman Park on Friday, August 2 through Saturday, August 3.  For the safety of the festival-goers on those days, Caldwell and Husbands Streets between 9th Street and Walter Jetton Boulevard will be closed to traffic while activities are underway at the park.  Ninth Street also will be closed between Husbands and Caldwell Streets.

For details about the 8th of August Emancipation Celebration activities, contact the W.C. Young Community Center at 270-444-6583.  

2019 Emancipation Celebration Events Schedule >>