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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.


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  1. Love that Evanston did this but very disappointed that in doing this it created another system of oppression by towing cars on the street without giving residents ample notice. Residents who went out of town for the fathers day weekend came home to a missing car , ticket, and over 200 dollar towing bill. It is unfair to create a tow away zone with less than 2 days notice. For those who do not have the financial means, it must have been a horrible way to celebrate. I would love for the city to focus on how their decisions will impact residents and less on being *woke*. The Tow parking lot was full and they had to put cars in their overflow due to this. Very disappointed with the cities actions. The city needs to reimburse all residents impacted by this as it was totally unfair.