Schenectady has long had a Juneteenth celebration (see the listing in our calendar under Fairs & Festivals for details); now Troy joins in this longstanding tradition of celebrating the end of slavery in the United States with a Saturday afternoon festival in North Troy’s Freedom Square.
There will be food, fun, and music. The musical performers will be S.K.A.T.E. (hip-hop) at 3 PM, Heavenly Echoes Gospel Singers (pictured) at 4 PM, The Ameros (rock) at 4 PM, and Shokazoba (Afro pop) at 6 PM.
The event is a collaboration between Collard City Growers, Missing Link Street Ministry, Troy Bike Rescue and the Sanctuary for Independent Media. The Sanctuary (3361 6th Ave., Troy) also will serve as the rain site, if necessary.
“Bring lawn chairs and blankets!”
Troy’s first annual Juneteenth Celebration will be held Saturday (June 16) from 3 to 7 PM at Freedom Square (101st Street at 5th Avenue, Troy). Admission is free. There will also be a live video webcast of the event at mediasanctuary.org. For more info, call 272-2390.