Central Texas Juneteenth Celebrations - KXXV-TV News Channel 25 - Central Texas News and Weather for Waco, Temple, Killeen |

Central Texas Juneteenth Celebrations

WACO, TX (KXXV) -

Organizers of the Waco Juneteenth Family Fun Festival kicked off what they called the largest celebration in the area.

The festival, held at East Brazos Park, is estimated to bring in thousands of attendees. Organizers of the event hoped to utilize the celebration to educate the community on several issues.

The performance stage was lined with t-shirts from the Clothesline Project, a visual provided by sexual assault and domestic violence survivors. Gospel Singer, Diadem Shavonne Na'tey, performed a rendition of Lady Gaga's, "Until It Happens To You," a song focused on the victims of violence.  The group Get Out, Get Loud encouraged the crowd to be vocal and vigilant in situations of domestic abuse or sexual assault.

One of the festival's organizers, Sophia Strother, said this year they went with a more strategic focus, in order to have the greatest community impact. 

"We wanted to make sure we brought up the Get Out, Get Loud program.With Juneteenth I feel like it's an obligation and a responsibility of ours between civic and social issues that we use this platform to bring awareness," Strother said. 

The festival has grown in size with more activities for kids as well as more vendors adding 15 more booths. Will Wardsworth owner of W&W Novelty has been a vendor at the festival for several years. Wardsworth says he enjoys seeing families come together.

"We just have a beautiful time, a meeting of the families, just spending one day together as one. How about that just, 20,30,40 families get together and spend one day as one wouldn't that be nice?" Wardsworth asked.

This year's festival was free for the first time. Organizers had over 50 volunteers working on the project for the past year. The festival also received support from the City of Lacy-Lakeview and the City of Waco. 

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 

Juneteenth Celebration Commanche Crossing-Booker T Washington Park

Friday

Junteenth Carnival Dewey Recreation Center 925 N 19th St 10 am to 3pm

Saturday

Juneteenth Parade

-The parade will start at 10 a.m. beginning at the Historic Paul Quinn Campus preceding down Elm Avenue, cross the Washington Street Bridge, turning left on University Parks Drive, and Left on Franklin Ave/Taylor Street.

Family Fun Festival at Brazos Park East- Free admission $5 Parking

Copyright 2016 KXXV. All rights reserved.

  • NewsMore>>

  • Plans unclear for reuniting separated immigrant children

    Plans unclear for reuniting separated immigrant children

    Friday, June 22 2018 6:06 AM EDT2018-06-22 10:06:01 GMT
    Saturday, June 23 2018 4:24 AM EDT2018-06-23 08:24:06 GMT
    (AP Photo/David J. Phillip). Jesus Funes, 19-months, cries as his mother, Diva Funes, both immigrants from Honduras, holds him after being escorted back to Reynosa, Mexico, Thursday, June 21, 2018. The family, who was seeking asylum, said they were tol...(AP Photo/David J. Phillip). Jesus Funes, 19-months, cries as his mother, Diva Funes, both immigrants from Honduras, holds him after being escorted back to Reynosa, Mexico, Thursday, June 21, 2018. The family, who was seeking asylum, said they were tol...

    About 500 of the more than 2,300 children separated from their families at the border have been reunited since May, a senior Trump administration official says.

    More >>

    About 500 of the more than 2,300 children separated from their families at the border have been reunited since May, a senior Trump administration official says.

    More >>
  • Lawyer: No apparent justification for fatal shooting of teen

    Lawyer: No apparent justification for fatal shooting of teen

    Thursday, June 21 2018 8:22 AM EDT2018-06-21 12:22:06 GMT
    Saturday, June 23 2018 4:16 AM EDT2018-06-23 08:16:16 GMT
    (Steve Mellon/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP). Leonard Hammonds II, of Penn Hills, right, points out that a Turtle Creek Police officer has his had on his weapon during a rally in East Pittsburgh, Pa., on Wednesday, June 20, 2018, at a protest regardin...(Steve Mellon/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP). Leonard Hammonds II, of Penn Hills, right, points out that a Turtle Creek Police officer has his had on his weapon during a rally in East Pittsburgh, Pa., on Wednesday, June 20, 2018, at a protest regardin...

    Hundreds of people took to the streets to protest the fatal police shooting of a 17-year-old boy killed just seconds after he fled a traffic stop during a confrontation partly captured on video.

    More >>

    Hundreds of people took to the streets to protest the fatal police shooting of a 17-year-old boy killed just seconds after he fled a traffic stop during a confrontation partly captured on video.

    More >>
  • At least 3 "tender age" shelters set up for child migrants

    At least 3 "tender age" shelters set up for child migrants

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 9:12 PM EDT2018-06-20 01:12:25 GMT
    Saturday, June 23 2018 4:15 AM EDT2018-06-23 08:15:02 GMT
    Nicole Hernandez, of the Mexican state of Guerrero, holds on to her mother as they wait with other families to request political asylum in the United States, across the border in Tijuana, Mexico, on Wednesday, June 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)Nicole Hernandez, of the Mexican state of Guerrero, holds on to her mother as they wait with other families to request political asylum in the United States, across the border in Tijuana, Mexico, on Wednesday, June 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

    Migrant babies and young children are being held in special "tender age" shelters after being taken from their parents at the US-Mexico border.

    More >>

    Migrant babies and young children are being held in special "tender age" shelters after being taken from their parents at the US-Mexico border.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly