The Juneteenth flag has been raised in Buffalo.
Mayor Byron Brown was joined by organizers of the 44th annual Juneteenth Festival of Buffalo on Friday for the raising of the Pan-African flag in Niagara Square.
Juneteenth began in 1865 as an annual observance of the end of slavery.
“The City of Buffalo is proudly home to one of the largest Juneteenth festivals in the U.S., celebrating African-American heritage and culture through music, dance, and of course, food,” Mayor Brown said. “This festive and popular event preserves the African American culture in our City and gets bigger and better every year, bringing visitors to our City, and providing an important celebration for our residents citywide.”
This year’s festival will begin Saturday, June 15 at 11 a.m. with a parade starting at Genesee and Moselle. The festival, which features live entertainment, vendors, historical exhibits and an arts and cultural stage, will continue through Sunday, June 16.