Elements of Empowerment, Inc. has announced participants in the 10th Anniversary Belmont Juneteenth Celebration events.
Tyrone Jefferson and Toni Tupponce of A Sign of the Times will serve as Grand Marshals for the Juneteenth parade. Jefferson and Tupponce are long-time friends of the organization. Toni emceed the 2015 celebration. Their band performed the 2018 celebration concert. Jefferson is contributing original music to the forthcoming Belmont Juneteenth Celebration documentary.
Fellow A Sign of the Times musician Carl Ratliff will present a saxophone rendition of “Lift Every Voice And Sing” for this year’s virtual opening ceremony. Ratliff has played with A Sign of The Time during the Community Jazz series at Belmont Abbey College.
Pastor Kevin Ford of Belmont Foursquare Church will give the invocation. Ford and Foursquare have been constant supporters of the Belmont Juneteenth Celebrations. They have sponsored the inflatable obstacle course, a favorite childrens activity, for many years.
The finale concert will feature steel drummer Minsky Delmonte. The Juneteenth veteran, who has provided early afternoon entertainment at past events, will give the anniversary performance from the evening stage in Stowe Park.
Elements of Empowerment, Inc. partners with the City of Belmont to sponsor and host the Belmont Juneteenth Celebration, a cultural festival of arts, crafts, food, music and more. Atrium Health is the celebration Wellness Sponsor.
The 2021 format is modified for the relaxed COVID restrictions. The 10th Anniversary Belmont Juneteenth Celebration Parade will include floats, the Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club of Charlotte, and a rolling African drum circle. Representatives from the cities of Bessemer City, Cherryville, and Gastonia will also participate in the parade.Event Schedule:
Juneteenth Sunday - June 13, 2021: As designated by proclamation. Faith Leaders are invited to acknowledge Juneteenth during services.
Virtual 2K Family & Friends Freedom Walk - June 13 through June 30, 2021: Register your family or friend group for this noncompetitive walk to promote unity and wellness. Just one fee for your entire group!
Belmont Juneteenth Celebration Virtual Opening Ceremony - June 19, 2021 at 1:45 pm: Watch it on the Elements of Empowerment, Inc. Facebook page.
Belmont Juneteenth Celebration Parade - June 19, 2021 at 2 pm: Decorate your vehicle and join the parade or support it by watching. Families, individuals, businesses, and organizations are welcome to register.
Belmont Juneteenth Celebration Concert - June 19, 2021 at 7 pm: Enjoy the steel drum stylings of Minsky Delmonte and food by Tony T’zzz Grill on Wheels in Stowe Park.
Celebration Sponsors: Help support and sustain the Belmont Juneteenth Celebration. Parade space, Facebook promotion, and media recognition are included.
Virtual Vendors: Artisans, crafters, food truck owners, etc. get noticed in the parade, on Facebook, and in the media.
Complete Event Details:
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