Juneteenth parade Saturday in BH

BENTON HARBOR — Benton Harbor’s Juneteenth Parade & Celebration will start at 1 p.m. Saturday at Broadway Park on Broadway near Empire Avenue.

The parade will end at the Benton Harbor Arts and Cultural Center, 275 Pipestone Road, where a celebration will be held from 2-6 p.m.

This is the first year a parade is being held, according to organizers. For more information, call 906-322-7463, or email bhjuneteenth@gmail.com

The Juneteenth festival was held for the first time in Benton Harbor last year.

The festival celebrates June 19, 1865, the day slaves in Texas learned that they had been freed. Organizers of the festival want to spread awareness of Juneteenth and its cultural significance, which they have said is not taught in history books.