No, it’s not a rumor that’s running through the grapevine! The 45th consecutive Juneteenth Festival of Buffalo is still on, but this year it will be online!
The Board of Directors has decided to initiate a bold and innovative approach to presenting this year’s festival, by taking advantage of technology and all that it affords through social media. Their hope for Juneteenth Festival of Buffalo 2020 Online – “Free and Clear; the Evolution of Juneteenth”- is to deliver a quality festival, via non-traditional formats and mediums.
The estimated dates to view and participate in Festival-specific events, including Sankofa Days and the Maafa Memorial, are June 1 – June 22, 2020, with full days of virtual activities and events on Festival weekend, June 13-14.
“We want the internet community, our sponsors, committees, and all Festival supporters to enjoy the festival, while watching on the web, but eating their fish and fresh fruits and veggies on their own front porches or backyards,” says Jennifer Strickland, Juneteenth board member and Public Relations chair.
This is the first time, in the 45-year history of Buffalo’s Juneteenth Festival, that it has not been held outdoors. Originating in the 1970s on Jefferson Ave., it has been a constant for decades, in Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, on the first “teen” weekend of June.
The festival’s committees are preparing for the virtual events by emailing proposals of their visions, and meeting via conference calls. Using the electronic platform, viewers will be able to ‘attend and participate’ in musical, dramatic, dance, and spoken word performances; medical and financial programs; children’s activities, book-sharing, and so much more. Prospective vendors will also be allowed to advertise, free of charge and, yes, the parade of all parades, will also be highlighted!
For more information, or to submit your request to participate in this year’s virtual festival, please send your email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please continue to monitor the Festival’s Facebook page (Juneteenth of Buffalo Festival) and the Challenger News for continued updates.