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Posted on: June 15, 2023

[ARCHIVED] The City of Port Arthur Closed in Observance of Juneteenth, June 19, 2023

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City closed for Juneteenth 06192023 City Public Works Solid Waste Services will resume on Tuesday, June 20, 2023

Water emergencies may be reported to the Water Utility Department at (409) 983-8550. Port Arthur Public Transit will have transportation services available on June 19th.

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Let us support the Juneteenth Events in Port Arthur! Read On... for all events scheduled for Port Arthur's Juneteenth Celebration!  ↓

The African American Cultural Society will again organize events to commemorate June 19th, the day Texas enslaved people learned of their freedom. The theme for 2023 is LIFT EVERY VOICE.

 A Gospel Explosion, Pageant, Sneaker Ball, and Parade are part of Juneteenth activities during this Quasquicentennial year in Port Arthur.

Additional events include:

  • Gospel Explosion – 6 p.m. Thursday, June 15, at Lamar State College – Port Arthur
  • Ms. Juneteenth Pageant – location to be announced,  Saturday, June 17
  • Alumni Softball Tournament - 9 a.m.  S. Sgt. Lucian Adams Park, Saturday, June 17.
  • Sneaker Ball – 9 p.m. Saturday, June 17, S&G Auditorium
  • Marcus Garvey Juneteenth Torchlight Parade – June 19, with a 5 p.m. lineup at the corner of Procter Street and Stilwell.  The parade will begin at 6. pm. from  Stilwell Blvd  to Barbara Jacket Park
  • Activities at Barbara Jacket Park immediately following the parade 
  • Carolyn Thibodeaux will coordinate a Juneteenth display at the Port Arthur Public Library.

Gail Pellum, of the African American Cultural Society, says Juneteenth is a day to appreciate and celebrate freedom and the inclusion of all races, ethnicities, and nationalities in our community. All are invited to wear cultural attire and join in the parade, decorate cars and trucks, and sign up drill teams, dance groups, and talents for park activities. There will be an official T-shirt, booths, and souvenir book ads. For more information, call Pellum at (409) 332-1709.

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