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Juneteenth celebration on tap

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“This is the largest Juneteenth Festival in the area,” said Ellis, one of the festival’s organizers. “And we’re really beginning to make it shape up the way we want it to.”

Grambling Chamber of Commerce President Barbara McIntyre said the festival is more than just a pageant, hamburgers and barbecue — the events are steeped in tradition. For example, the festival gets under way this year at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Grambling Memorial Park with an old-fashioned campground prayer meeting conducted by the Rev. Leon Whittaker.

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