Juneteenth festivals kick off in Lake Charles tonight

Updated: Jun. 17, 2021 at 12:52 PM CDT
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Lake Charles, LA (KPLC) - Juneteenth is now an official holiday in the state of Louisiana, and in Lake Charles, celebrations kick off tonight.

Governor John Edwards signed house bill 554 into law, making the day those enslaved in the US learned of their freedom a permanent holiday.

All state offices will be closed for a half-day Friday in recognition of the new holiday.

The Southwest Louisiana Center for Health Services will start its three-day-long festival Thursday with its black excellence awards at the Calcasieu Marine National Bank from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. At the award banquet, they will be honoring people in different services including community service, healthcare, justice, social justice, music and education.

The festival will continue into Friday with a pop-up shop located at 2000 Opelousas St. from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Then guests can enjoy the rest of the evening with a free movie under the stars night featuring the movie, Soul.

They will close out the celebration with a free dental day from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. followed by fireworks and an evening of dancing at the Paramount Room.

More information can be found HERE.

Allen Parish will begin its Juneteenth celebration at 10 a.m. Saturday with a parade through Oberlin hosted by the Allen Parish Juneteenth Committee. The festivities will continue at Veterans Memorial Park with guest speakers, activities for families and blood sugar tests to screen for diabetes.

In DeRidder, the celebration will begin at 4 p.m. Saturday at Veterans Park. Guests can enjoy free food, drinks and item giveaways.

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