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Juneteenth parade launches H-F celebration of emancipation

The first H-F Juneteenth parade drew 22 groups and more than 400 marchers, cheerleaders, acrobats, step dancers and baton twirlers to downtown Flossmoor on Saturday, June 18.

The Juneteenth parade begins on Sterling Avenue in Flossmoor just south of Flossmoor Road. (Eric Crump/H-F Chronicle)

The parade participants had a near-perfect day for the event, with temperatures in the mid-60s when they stepped off at 9 a.m. under a cloudless sky.

You Matter 2 CEO and festival curator Destiny Watson said organizers decided to add a parade to . . .

Winter events


  • Flossmoor Business Association open house, 5 to 7 p.m., downtown Flossmoor.


  • Holiday Lights in Homewood, 5 to 9 p.m., Ridge Road and Martin Avenue downtown. Shopping, carousel, mulled wine, cookies, ice sculpture, music, antique car parade.
  • Tree-lighting ceremony with Santa Claus, 7 p.m., Irwin Park.


  • Janet Gustafson’s gingerbread village tours, 3 to 6 p.m. Register at flossmoor.org.


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