2018 Emancipation Celebration Events, Parade, and RIVERfront Concert Series

Date of release:  July 27, 2018
Events for the annual 8th of August Emancipation Celebration organized by the W.C. Young Community Center will be held August 1 through 8.  This year’s theme is The Year of the Woman!  Events include an opening ceremony, a back-to-school dance, the Annual Emancipation Dance, a Women’s Empowerment Lawn Party at the Hotel Metropolitan, the Emancipation Celebration Breakfast, and more. 

Riverfront Concert ScheduleThe Parks & Recreation Department invites everyone to Wilson Stage on Paducah’s riverfront, Thursday, August 2 for another free RIVERfront Concert Series featuring Jon Duo from 5 until 6 p.m. and Bizz & Everyday People from 6 until approximately 8:30 p.m.  The concerts are partnerships of local and/or up-and-coming artists taking the stage for the first hour starting at 5 p.m.  The nationally-known artists entertain the crowds starting at 6 p.m.  A variety of beverages are available for purchase at the concerts.  This is the fifth year for the Riverfront Concert Series.  The final concert for the 2018 season will be Saturday, August 25.  For more information about the RIVERfront Concert Series, contact Special Events Coordinator Molly Johnson at mtjohnson@paducahky.gov, visit www.paducahky.gov, or call 270-444-8508.

The annual Emancipation Celebration Parade will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 4.  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 after the parade and throughout the afternoon and early evening. 

Since activities and vendors will at Robert Coleman Park on Friday, August 3 and Saturday, August 4 after the parade, several of the streets around the park will be closed for safety reasons.  Caldwell and Husbands Streets between 9th Street and Walter Jetton Boulevard will be closed to traffic while activities are underway.  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.  Events schedule >>