The City of Pittsburgh Government Will Support This Year’s June 19 Festivities
Pittsburgh Mayor Ed Gainey said Wednesday the city will provide in-kind services to support the June 19 celebrations organized by Stop the Violence Pittsburgh.
Stop the Violence Pittsburgh last month unveiled plans to celebrate the holiday June 17-19, with events including a parade, music festival and vendor fair.
The city will provide about $60,000 in in-kind services to support this year’s celebration, the mayor’s office said. This includes providing the main stage and banners at Point State Park and a secondary mobile performance stage that will be used throughout the celebration. The city will also provide technical support to help with audio on the main and mobile stages.
The Department of Public Works will provide fencing and barricades. Their teams will set up the mobile performance stage.
Public Safety will provide all police services for the parade and traffic control. Pittsburgh Police will provide security at the celebration itself, and the department will provide crossing guards to provide pedestrian safety and EMS to assist with medical emergencies.
“The City of Pittsburgh is proud to celebrate this important national holiday,” Gainey said. “African American history is indeed American history and deserves to be treated as such.”
Pennsylvania officially designated June 19 as a holiday – Juneteenth National Freedom Day – in 2019 and the city declared it an official holiday beginning in 2021. Allegheny County also made it a public holiday beginning in 2021 The party dates back to June 19. , 1865, when Union General Gordon Granger read the Emancipation Proclamation in Galveston, Texas, telling former slaves of their freedom.