Miami Gardens, Florida – On Sunday, one of the largest Juneteenth celebrations in the state happened in South Florida, and a little rain didn’t stop the event.
“To teach our youngsters that come behind us, it’s very, very important that they know what this day represents,” said Kathy Cole.
Park-in party was named the event at Calder Casino in Miami Gardens.
What this means is that participants were encouraged to drive there and enjoy the stage festivities from inside of their vehicles.
There were a number of artists slated to perform, from local acts to national names like the headliner, Doug E. Fresh.
For many families, the event was also an educational opportunity. “Just to celebrate the meaning of Juneteenth and make them understand it’s a family affair and we should all unite and be a family,” said Michelle Burgess.
Added Jonell Murphy: “This is very important. This is something that is not really taught in school, so we’re here today.”
In Broward County people gathered along the water in Dania Beach to observe the holiday.
That Juneteenth event was called Joy Festival, restoring joy to Black communities. These events speak directly to the history of what is now a federal holiday to mark the emancipation of slaves during the Civil War.
“It’s such a joy to see people from all walks of life, Black, White, Indian, Caribbean, coming together to celebrate the history of Juneteenth and what it represents,” said Nerissa Street.