NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The Vulcan Pioneers of New Brunswick, comprising the city's Black Fire Fighters Association, will host the Juneteenth Parade on Saturday, June 16 to commemorate the Emancipation Proclamation.

Juneteenth celebrations are held across the country to mark the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas in June 1865. That state was one of the last locations to learn of President Abraham Lincoln’s proclamation.

The parade on Saturday begins at 11 a.m. at George Street and Remsen Avenue and is followed by the Heritage Festival at Pine Street Park.

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This festival showcases “the Africana and Latinidad community that make the New Brunswick area their home,” members of the Vulcan Pioneers said in a statement.

Parade organizers encourage people or groups of any size to join in walking in the parade, and to bring any group’s banner.

As part of the festival, there will be a reading of a section from the Emancipation Proclamation, and musical performances celebrating African-American History, the English Caribbean and Latinidad.

Marchers, vendors and performers can sign-up for the events.

Anybody interested can contact Cheryl Smith a ccardwell62@yahoo.com.