SF Juneteenth Festival & Parade
The relationship between Juneteenth and the City of San Francisco dates back to 1951, Dr. Wesley Johnson Sr. invited the Bay Area’s African American community to celebrate a June 19th celebration at the Texas playhouse on Fillmore Street, a popular lounge he owned. The first parade was led by Johnson and the former San Francisco Mayor Willie L. Brown Jr. At that first parade, they rode out on white horses, wearing Stetson cowboy hats. The community businesses and residents enthusiastically supported that first Juneteenth celebration and it quickly become a much-anticipated date on the summer calendar. Many people in the parade were proud and pleased to be involved in celebrating the freedom of African Americans in this country.