On Saturday, June 19, thousands of Seattle residents gathered and marched to celebrate Juneteenth, acknowledging and commemorating the end of slavery in the United States.
Performers, vendors and school graduates representing the BIPOC and LGBTQ+ communities amassed for a day-long celebration, which came two days after the Biden Administration declared Juneteenth a federal holiday.
The celebration, organized by King County Equity Now, began on 22nd Avenue and Madison Street and made its way through the Central District to Jimi Hendrix Park, where vendors representing the BIPOC community sold a variety of food and goods, ranging from clothing to handmade jewelry to children’s books. A variety of performers and speakers also took to the main stage throughout the day to inform the public about Juneteenth’s origins, ways to contribute locally, and to commend the continued legislative efforts that give voice to and celebrate the BIPOC and LGBTQ+ communities.
For more information on Seattle’s 2021 Juneteenth festivities please click here.