Bulletin Staff Report

Plans are under way to observe Juneteenth in Brownwood on June 19, but that day is only the start of a full weekend of activities set through Saturday, June 21.

The celebration will open with a parade at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 19, with Draco Miller as grand marshal. Meosha Brooks, Miss Juneteenth 2008 scholarship recipient, will also be featured. The parade will begin at the Brownwood Coliseum, with lineup at 10 a.m.

The steering committee continues to seek participants for the parade. Anyone with horses, motorcycles, floats, antique vehicles or other parade units is invited to take part. Those interested in participating in the parade or in other activities may contact Michael Kelly, at 642-9017, LaSonya Hall at 998-0136, Harriett Wilson at 217-2790 or Carol Spratt at 642-0196.

Events on Friday and Saturday, June 20-21, will be at Cecil Holman Park and Bennie Houston Community Center. Booths will open at 1 p.m. that Friday, and an area for children will be featured. An “Old School vs. New School” baseball game is set for 5:30 p.m., a free-throw contest is set from 6 to 7 p.m. and Slick in the Park will run from 6 p.m. to midnight.

On Saturday, booths, concessions and Kiddieland will open at 10 a.m., with free hot dogs offered children for lunch. Another baseball game is set for 5 p.m., and Victor Brown will provide a comedy hour at 8 p.m. James Butler and The Cool Show Band will perform from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. Butler played guitar for recording star Johnnie Taylor.

Juneteenth is the celebration of the day in 1865 when Texans received word of the Emancipation Proclamation.