Emancipation Day Celebration
in 1889 the Black Community of Hutchinson, Kansas has
Emancipation Day Celebration events for 2013 will take place on Friday, August 2nd, Saturday, August 3rd, and Sunday, August 4th.
weekend starts off Friday evening with a free Music Concert (8:00-10:0pm) and
hotdog feed in Ave. A. Park. Salt City Soul a group of native Hutchonians and
fine musicians are coming together as Salt City Soul to play in our beautiful
Ave. A Park. “. Soul in the Park” is made possible through a partnership of the
Emancipation Day Committee, Downtown Hutchinson and the Hutchinson/Reno County
Arts and Humanities Council. After the concert the evening continues with more music,
community, and fun at Gray’s Barbershop,
events begin at 7:30am for 3 on 3 basketball tournament at Ave E and Main, and
then the celebration continues at 10:00am with the popular Emancipation Day
parade. This year’s procession promises not to disappoint with numerous local
groups and marching groups from out of town taking part The 2013 Parade
Marshall is the Dr. Mildred, Director of the Governor’s Commission on African
American Affairs. The parade route runs from
At the conclusion of the parade the public is invited to the Home Builder’s Building in Carey Park for the Free Community Picnic. After a welcome from local dignitaries and remarks by the Grand Marshal the picnic will begin at approximately 12:00pm. The food will be great; along with music, fellowship, and fun.
Saturday evening the always popular “Old School Jam Dance” will take place at the Sunflower North Building on the Fairgrounds. The dance will start at 9:00pm, please use the 23rd and Main St. Entrance. The event is BYOB, and is a fundraiser for the Emancipation Day Committee; admission is $18.00 per couple and $10.00 for a single.
The “Gospel Fest” will take place Sunday afternoon, 3:00pm at the Stringer Fine Arts Center on the HCC Campus. This Free concert features local and regional Gospel Choirs that always raise the roof and bring joy to those attending. After the event everyone is invited to stay for the free ice cream, cake.
Emancipation Day Celebration Committee is a volunteer non profit organization
that derives its funding through fundraising efforts as well as donations from
private and corporate sources, and with support from the City of
Although the Emancipation Day Celebration has its origins in the unique historic experience of Black America these events are open to people of all races to celebrate and enjoy. The public is encouraged to attend.
For more information contact the Hutchinson/Reno Arts and Humanities Council at 620/662-1280 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.