Taliyah Payton

“I really like the parade and the music. I had fun.”


Corey Sallie, Ms. Black Will County


“I loved the parade. It was a wonderful experience. This was my first parade. I loved riding on the float and waving at the people and letting them know who I am.”


Durand Flowers


“The festival itself, the celebration of us as an African-American culture, I really love that, and the fact we’re doing a garden and have trees representing the community’s leaders that passed away, and one of them was my father, Rev. Flowers.”


Ald. Deborah Graham


“This is one of the best festivals we have in the Austin community. The Juneteenth event with the parade, the information tables, the DuSable Museum traveling bus, they were really prepared for the community today.”

Victoria Clark

“I had a great time. I liked that they were talking about the health and loan improvement and the music. I definitely loved the food and being with the community.”

Mike Sun

“The festival is a very extraordinary thing. We need to have more festivals like this for our people, so we can put them in tune with their history. It’s a lot going on out here. This is where it’s at.”