The SWLA Center for Health Services is celebrating Juneteenth this coming up Monday, June 19th, 2023 with a big festival featuring a bbq cook-off, gospel showcase, and live entertainment and artists playing live.

It will take place at the Lake Charles Civic Center's exhibition hall and the festivities get underway at Noon. For those of you who don't know what Juneteenth is, Wikipedia describes it as,

A holiday celebrated on June 19 to commemorate the emancipation of enslaved people in the US. The holiday was first celebrated in Texas, where on that date in 1865, in the aftermath of the Civil War, enslaved people were declared free under the terms of the 1862 Emancipation Proclamation.

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The Juneteenth Festival in Lake Charles will start at Noon and here is the lineup:

12:00 pm -- Presentation of the Juneteenth Queen

12:25 pm -- Ashley Montegut -- Poet

12:35 pm -- Vintage Dolls and Exquisite Golden Bells

12:55 pm -- Marcus and Brianne Davis

1:30 pm -- Dynasty Dance Co.

1:45 pm -- Nebu Nezey

2:20 pm -- BBQ cook-off winners announced

2:35 pm -- Jeremy Benoit

3:10 pm -- Diamond Divas Dance Of Lake Charles

3:30 pm -- Leah Nicolette

4:15 pm -- Gospel Showcase

5:45 pm -- Jarius Daigle

6:15 pm -- Jarvis Jacobs And The Gents

7:00 pm -- Rusty Metoyer and Zydeco Krush

Now that is a cool lineup to celebrate the day. The festival will end at 9:00 pm so that means Rusty and his band will play for two straight hours. The other good thing is that it is going to take place inside the Lake Charles Civic Center so you don't have to deal with the heat.

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