Juneteenth Celebration returns to Odessa

Juneteenth Celebration returns to Odessa

ODESSA, TX (KWES) - The Juneteenth Celebration is back in Odessa for 2018 with musicians, games, basketball tournaments, and a parade.

Juneteenth is a celebration of when slaves in Texas learned of their emancipation and is honored by a three-day celebration on the weekend closest to June 19.

The festivities start at 3 p.m. on June 15 with the opening day featuring musicians, the annual Juneteenth pageant and a youth dance.

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Saturday and Sunday are also filled with activities ranging from a cook out to a parade.

No festivities will take place Monday but the celebration will return on Tuesday with games, a picnic and a send-off performance from Mark Lyon's True to Soul Band.

The majority of activities will take place in Woodson Park although a few events will be located at the Blackshear Auditorium.

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