Juneteenth celebrations held across Central Valley

FRESNO, California (KFSN) – June 10 celebrations took place in various parts of the valley on Saturday.

The day began with a parade on June 4 in downtown Fresno followed by an event at Valdez Hall.

Organizers say this year’s event is particularly important because it is the first planned in Fresno since Congress declared June a federal holiday.

The festival included performances with drums, music and dance, food and dozens of vendors.

A local boy was helping his aunt sell body care items such as body oil and body wash.

Vendors and visitors say it’s important to celebrate history and culture.

“It means a lot. It represents the freedom we did not know we had and so now is the time to celebrate that freedom and talk about what it is and what it means and to be part of the community in it,” said Jacquie Flowers-Orange, a saleswoman.

ABC30 had a booth at the festival handing out backpacks with drawstrings.

Two people were honored at the Juneteenth celebration – Fresno State President Saul Jimenez Sandoval and ABC30 President and CEO Michael Carr.

The Juneteenth celebration continues Sunday at Valdez Hall from noon to 7 p.m.

Juneteenth was also celebrated in the South Valley, with the second annual Juneteenth Festival in Tulare.

People gathered in Zumalt Park to enjoy food, African drums, toys and more.

Mayor Dennis Mentores issued a proclamation for the event.

The celebration was hosted by the non-profit New Life Ministries of Tulare County.

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