Evanston’s Juneteenth Parade and Celebration kicked off at 11 a.m. on June 19, with Grand Marshals Cheryl Judice and Jason Powell. Presented by Evanston Present and Future in partnership with the City of Evanston, Evanston’s Juneteenth commemoration continued with a celebration lineup that included speakers, muralists, musical and spoken word performances, drumming, poetry, and dance.
Cheers, applause, sirens, and honking horns signaled the start of Evanston’s inaugural in-person Juneteenth Parade, as firetrucks escorted the long line of participants from the parking lot of Robert Crown Community Center to Ingraham Park, behind the Civic Center.
Hundreds of Evanston residents and visitors joined the parade in cars and on foot, and hundreds more cheered them on from sidewalks, parkways, and front porches.
Photos in slideshow above are by Heidi Randhava, Mike Roche, and the RoundTable.