City prepares for Juneteenth celebrations

June 8, 2010 at 1:08 a.m.

EDNA - Juneteenth celebrations in Edna this year will include a parade, a pageant and a cookout.

Celebrations will begin Friday, June 18, with a Juneteenth pageant.

Organizer Harold Wilkins who revived the celebrations in Edna believes the weekend is an important part of black history.

"Juneteenth is very forgotten about and it is a very important day for our ancestors," he said. "They went through a lot for us, and I just feel like we should come out and celebrate and to let them know that we appreciate the things that they have done for us."

The pageant is open to any child age 4-18 from any city or county. Entrants do not have to be local.

Participants will be judged on answers to questions about Juneteenth history as well as general questions. The participants will also be judged on appearance in formal outfit. This event is free to enter and free to watch starting at 6 p.m. at 104 Shelby Park Road in Edna. The deadline to register is Saturday.

On Saturday, the Juneteenth parade will begin at 9:30 a.m. at Allen and Main streets. Judging begins at 8:30 a.m. and entries will be accepted until Friday.

A barbecue cookout, three-on-three basketball tournament, and entertainment will be afterward at the Carver Community Center at 1128 Martin Luther King Drive. All proceeds from the event will go toward the community center.

For more information contact Harold or Kisha Wilkins at 361-235-2020.



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