Welton Welcome

Among the myriad festivities going on all around downtown today, there’s at least one that comes with a big slice of history. Juneteenth 2010: We Define Who We Are, taking place on Welton Street between 24th and 29th streets, commemorates the end of slavery in Texas, as it has on and off for the last thirty years, with a down-home street fair featuring live entertainment, finger-licking good food, arts-and-crafts vendors, a health pavilion, a kids’ zone and more.

“There will be at least two new things this year: We’ll have a green area promoting urban sustainability, and we’ll also have a Father celebration sponsored by the Father’s Show Resource Program,” notes Juneteenth spokeswoman Hanifah Chiku. “We’re always celebrating mothers and women, and that’s all great, but what about the fathers?” In acknowledgment of good fathering in the community, a Father of the Year award chosen from a pile of nominations submitted by the public will be announced during the fest.

As tradition demands, a culture parade beginning at Manual High School, 2800 Williams Street, kicks things off at 9 a.m. as it winds through northeast Denver to the festival grounds, where Juneteenth keeps it pumped up until 6 p.m.; for details, visit www.denverjuneteenth.org.
Sat., June 19, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., 2010