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Juneteenth marks the day every citizen in the United States actually became free. After Union troops rode into Galveston, Texas on June 19, 1865 — more than two years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation — and freed the remaining slaves, celebrations broke out. The celebrations have continued yearly in Black communities since.

As of yesterday, Juneteenth is now a federally recognized holiday, showing how far the day has come far in its 156 years. That’s cause for a celebration. Parades, parties, walks and bike rides are breaking out across St. Louis.

Juneteenth Celebration in the University City Loop
The Delmar Loop (6655 Delmar Boulevard) will celebrate all Saturday long with musical guests galore. Presented by The Loop Special Business District and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Omicron Eta Omega. Most notably, Steve Ewing of The Urge will headline the event. Ewing has gathered other musicians to perform a “master blaster” tribute to Stevie Wonder. They’ll hit the stage from 1 to 8 p.m.

Co-headliner Red and Black Brass Band will perform at 4 p.m.

The SLUMS performing in the Delmar Loop. From left to right, Jared Spears (drums), Evan Wohlrabe (upright bass), Aidan Bartholet (guitar), Jack Morris (guitar).

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