Juneteenth set for June 28 at LC Civic Center - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Juneteenth set for June 28 at LC Civic Center

(Source: KZWA) (Source: KZWA)

The annual Juneteenth celebration will be held June 28 at the Lake Charles Civic Center. This year's theme is "The Essence of Freedom." Doors open at noon.

The event marks the 149th anniversary of when slaves in Galveston, Texas, received word of the Emancipation Proclamation. 

The festival serves as a celebration of African American culture and achievements.

Activities will include a barbecue cook-off, lip sync and celebrity look-alike contests and a family fun zone.

Performers will include Frankie Beverly, Mel Walters, Andre Pitre, Tommy Hammond and Bel-Ami.

For a history of Juneteenth or for a look at national celebrations, click HERE.

KZWA 104.9 FM is hosting the event. For more information, call 337-491-995.

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