Last year's Juneteenth Parade (Photography by Ocean Morisset)
Last year’s Juneteenth Parade (Photography by Ocean Morisset)

Editors’ Note: The following information was provided by Darren Rigger.

This Saturday is Peekskill’s seventh annual Juneteenth Celebration. Juneteenth commemorates the ending of slavery and is the oldest known event celebrating Emancipation. The parade will begin at 1:30 p.m. at AME Mount Zion Church on Park Street. After the parade, down to the Hudson, the Riverfront Celebration runs from 4 to 8 p.m. County Legislator Ken Jenkins, candidate for Westchester County executive, will be participating in the Juneteenth Celebration.

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A celebration of freedom at Peekskill’s annual Juneteenth Parade
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“I am excited and honored to be marching at the seventh annual Peekskill Juneteenth Parade,” said Jenkins, a Democrat seeking his party’s nomination to take on County Executive Rob Astorino in the fall. “This important event celebrates and honors African American history, achievements, and perseverance. Saturday is an opportunity to not only reflect on our storied ancestry, remembering the struggle continues in our own time, while always looking forward to a bright future. My candidacy for county executive is a historic one, as I will be the first ever African-American county executive and Councilman Rainey will be the second African-American mayor of Peekskill. I look forward to the Juneteenth celebration, and I am excited to be surrounded by our strong community and dutiful volunteers this weekend.”

The Peekskill Democratic City Committee endorsed State Senator George Latimer over Jenkins earlier in the spring.