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Free Community Juneteenth Celebration this Saturday in Riverside Park

La Crosse’s annual Juneteenth celebration unites all members of the community in celebration of Black Americans.

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La Crosse’s annual Juneteenth celebration aims to unite all members of the community in celebration of Black Americans.

The festival is put on by volunteers, donors, and local nonprofits Black Leaders Acquiring Collective Knowledge, Hope ReStores, Enduring Families Project, and Black Student Leaders.

This year’s celebration is Saturday, noon – 8 p.m. in La Crosse’s Riverside Park. There will be fun for the whole family, food, entertainment, history, education and connection with our neighbors.

Chaya and Mia Davis spoke with Z93 about the great work that Black Student Leaders (BSL) does in our community. They are a nonprofit youth organization completely run by youth.

“We fight for equality in our community for our youth,” Chaya Davis said. “We like to give back to the youth. We also have a girls group where we’re empowering young women to take on life headfirst and strong.”

The group is all high school students but it also does a lot of mentoring with middle schoolers.

This will also be the first big outing for Mia’s Kitchen, a business run by the high school student.

“I’m very excited to be cooking for my community,” Mia Davis said. “I’m excited for everybody to try my food and finally get my business out there.”

BSL will have its famous Birria Tacos for sale, as well along with other local food vendors — Press Break, Smashhtyme Southern Kitchen, and Triplett Bar-B-Que.

There will be a limited number of free food vouchers, while they last, starting at noon.

There’s fun for the whole family with an expanded Youth Fun Fair, including a bounce house, train rides, water fights, snow cones, cotton candy, and more for the kids.

Local musicians Guess Pre and The Mayfield Experience are taking the stage, Hypnotist Chris Jones will entertain, there will be a hip-hop dance battle, and the GRAMMY Nominated group, Jabali Afrika, from Kenya is also performing at this Saturday’s event.

Follow the Juneteenth Celebration on Facebook for updates HERE.

La Crosse’s Juneteenth Celebration Schedule:

Interactive Organization Booth and Business tables noon -5:00 p.m.

Youth Fun Fair 12:30 p.m.- 4 p.m.

Enduring Families Project:
Downtown Self-Guided Walking Tour 2 p.m.- 4 p.m.
Trolley Tour 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Main Stage

12:05 p.m. Land Recognition- Elizabeth Digby-Britten

12:10 p.m. Lift Every Voice and Sing- Lakisha Hudson

12:15 p.m. Welcome

12:30 p.m. DJ introduction

12: 40 p.m. Enduring Families Project

12:50 p.m. Introduction of Juneteenth Court

1 p.m. Jabali Afrika

1:30 p.m. Yoga Class by Palm and Pine

2: 25 p.m. DJ Music

2:30 p.m. Hope Restores Scholarship

2:45 p.m. Speaker- Dr. Adam R. Driscoll, UW-L Professor

3:00 p.m. Greg Stanton (Guess Pre)

3:30 p.m. Mayfield Experience

4 p.m.- I & E Dance competition

5 p.m.- Chris Jones

6 p.m.- DJ Music

6:15 p.m.- Lyve Wyrez Performance

7 p.m.- DJ Music / Open Mic

7:45 wrap up

8 p.m- Clean up

In 2020, we helped put on an audio tour to bring more attention to La Crosse’s rich history for the social-distanced Juneteenth celebration. Actors were stationed in costume at the historic locations and you can still check it out HERE if you haven’t heard it yet.

Tracy has worked at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 2004. She is half of the Z93 Morning Buzz with Brittany and Ballzer and coordinates Z93's charity, Zcare. She writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse and announces for the Mississippi Valley Mayhem Roller Derby team.

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