Organizers announce Milwaukee's Juneteenth Day activities

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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- For the first time in two years, Milwaukee's Juneteenth Day celebration will be held in person.

It comes after all in-person activities were canceled for last year's event.

Juneteenth commemorates the ending of slavery in the US. 

The celebration will include the crowning of Miss Juneteenth and Little Miss Juneteenth Day 2021.

Other highlights include a parade, along with dozens of vendor booths. 

At a presser Tuesday, May 25, organizers stressed the importance of this event.

"It is not just a Black holiday, it is an American holiday," said Tony Kearney, executive director, Northcott Neighborhood House. "We put this on for the last 50 years because it is important, not only to the community, but to future members of the community."

People will be asked to wear a mask and to practice social distancing.

This is the 50th year of Milwaukee's Juneteenth parade and celebration.

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