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Thousands to Attend Odessa's Juneteenth Celebration

ODESSA, TX (KWES) - A record 10,000 people are expected at this year's "Juneteenth" festivities in Odessa, organizers said.

"We, here in West Texas, run our event three days," said Tommie Haynes, a Black Cultural Council of Odessa committee member. "This is the biggest Juneteeth celebration in the state."

June 19, 1865 marked the day Union soldiers landed at Galveston with news that the war had ended and slaves were now free.

"And that's something to be thankful for," said Haynes, noting that it took two years for news of the Emancipation Proclamation to spread. "It's a joyous thing to know that we were free when we did get the information."

However, festival attendee Frizella Whitiker told NewsWest 9 she felt "freedom" hasn't necessarily translated to "equality."

"It doesn't mean that we're on equal footing, because we're not," she explained. "There's so much that this hasn't unraveled and made possible."

Something the community has taken great strikes to improve, said other Juneteenth revelers, is diversity.

"It's not only our African American community [celebrating Juneteeth weekend]," said Odessa resident Rob Jenkins. "It's also our white community and our Hispanic community. We're all meshing together, coming out together, bringing the kids and supporting each other."

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Friday, June 19
4 – 7 p.m. Music trivia ft. DJ Blue Boy
Woodson Park – Main Stage

7 – 8 p.m. Welcome Program
Woodson Park – Main Stage

8 – 9 p.m. Shout Cheerleading
Woodson Park – Main Stage

9 p.m. – 10 p.m. Odessa Idol
Woodson Park – Main Stage

10 – 11:30 p.m. N' Tense Band Performance
Woodson Park – Main Stage

10 – 11:30 p.m. Youth Dance ft. DJ Logan
Woodson Park – South End of Park


Saturday, June 20
9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Youth in the Park
Woodson Park – North Pavilion

10 a.m. – 12 p.m. College Prep Workshop
Woodson Community Center

12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Annual Juneteenth Picnic
Woodson Park (Please bring lawn chairs)

1:30 – 3 p.m. Mag Ambassador: David G. Wonders
Woodson Park – North Pavilion

1:30 – 3 p.m. Line Dance Workshop
Woodson Park – Main Stage

3 – 6 p.m. Blues in the Park
Woodson Park – Main Stage

7 – 8 p.m. Parade Line-Up
Intersection of Odessa Street & Dixie Street

8 – 9 p.m. Annual Juneteenth Parade
North on Dixie Street to Murphy Street, right turn on Murphy Street, east on Murphy Street to Barrett Drive

9:30 – 10:30 p.m. Big Charles Young Band Performance
Woodson Park – Main Stage

10 – 11:45 p.m. Donny Ray & Band Performance
Woodson Park – Main Stage

10 – 11:45 p.m. DJ Logan
Woodson Park – South End of Park


Sunday, June 21
7 – 8 p.m. Gospel Rap ft. Big Perk
Woodson Park – Main stage

8 – 9 p.m. Comedy Show
Woodson Park – Main Stage

9 – 11:45 p.m. Gospel Celebration ft. Minister Rodney Taylor

9 – 11:30 p.m. DJ Logan
Woodson Park – South End of Park

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