Crowds lined the streets Saturday to cheer along the Juneteenth Day parade .
Over 60 community organizations, sports teams, bands, dance ensembles and religious groups from Westchester County marched in what has become White Plains' largest parade and the biggest Juneteenth Day parade in Westchester County.
Grand Marshal Rev. Dr. Lester Cousin, of Calvary Baptist Church, led the parade up from where Mamaroneck Avenue meets Old Mamaroneck Avenue to the steps of city hall.
The Juneteenth Day Celebration , which marks the June 19 date of American slaves' liberation and celebrates African heritage, continued with a festival behind the Thomas H. Slater Center. The festival featured 17 music, poetry, dance, and fashion show performances as well as art, clothing, and food vendors.
The following organizations and individuals signed up to March in the Juneteenth Day parade:
White Plains Police, Westchester/Rockland Guardians, White Plains Board of Education, White Plains Juneteenth Heritage Committee, Calvary Baptist Church, Nepperhan Community Center Youth Corps, White Plains High School Black Scholars, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Pi lota Omega Chapter, El Centro Hispano Boys Scouts and Girls Scouts, Berkeley College, Mount Hope AME Zion Church, YWCA of White Plains and Central Westchester-GEMS Program, White Plains Wolverines Youth Tackle League, Skins the Tina Thompson Dance Company, Theodore D. Young Community Center, Maliks Fraternity, Inc, Lois Bronz Children's Center, Greenburgh Health Center, Christ Temple GIPHC, Inc., Yonkers African American Heritage Committee, Vintage Cars, X-Factor Drummers and Dancers, Gamma Xi Zeta-Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. Beta Psi Sigma Chapter, Westchester Martin Luther King Institute for Non-Violence, Port Chester NAACP, Haitian Heritage Group, Lonnie White Memorial Church of God in Christ, White Plains Steppers, Berean Community Drumline, Winbrook Pride, Word of Mouth Car Wash, Westchester Hoopers, Each One Teach One, College and Careers Fund of Westchester, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Westchester Chapter, White Plains Youth Bureau, Church of the Living God, Candace Crea'Cions Salon and Day Spa, Marching Cobras, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., African American Men of Westchester, Creative Fingers, Bethel Baptist Church and Boy and Cub Scouts, Empire Lodge No. 216, Pyramid Temple No. 45, Jerome "Bump" Robinson Drum Corps, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Beta Alpha Alpha Chapter, White Plains Community Action Program, Blue Nile Passage, Mixed Martial Arts, Band of Brother, Big Shots, Lee's Funeral Home, Special Honorees Joshua Colas, Steven Glover, and Donnovan Beckford, schlarship winners Noelle Roper, Marckenson Luctama, Marlon Gayle, Jalen Chapman, and Alexa Jones, and local government officials.
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