Orlando celebrates inaugural Juneteenth Holiday

ORLANDO, Fla. — After two years of COVID-19 lockdowns and social distancing, the City of Orlando is ready to celebrate Juneteenth with a huge celebration at Lake Lorna Doone Park.

This is the city’s inaugural Juneteenth Celebration Festival and plans to make this an annual tradition.

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The theme for Saturday’s celebration was “Freedom is not free: Honoring the Past - Pressing Towards the Future.”

Festivities included live music, a kid’s zone, food vendors, and a live presentation of the “Fannie Lou Hamer” story.

The festival starts at noon and runs until 5 p.m.

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