In Short: FestivALL art parade, Juneteenth celebration, Woofstock

FestivALL Art Parade

The annual FestivALL Art Parade will populate the downtown streets of Charleston with a wild and crazy menagerie of characters and displays, starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, running along Capitol Street between Kanawha Boulevard and Capitol Market.

The parade will feature visual artists, theatrical groups, dancers, street performers, art cars, music makers and local organizations. It will end with a post-parade party at Capitol Market. This year’s parade will also feature the popular Wells Fargo stagecoach.

Juneteenth at FestivALL

Juneteenth, or Freedom Day, is a holiday that commemorates the June 19, 1865, announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas, and more generally the emancipation of African slaves throughout the Confederate South on June 19. The word Juneteenth is derived from a combination of “June” and “nineteenth.” The Juneteenth event at FestivALL is a free outdoor event featuring dance, music and spoken word at Haddad Riverfront Park from 3 to 9 p.m. Monday.

The headliner is the Washington, D.C.-based contemporary dance troupe Step Afrika! The event also features live entertainment from Unity in the Community Choir, MLK Male Chorus, Jean English from Harlem Heights, spoken word by Crystal Good and Janet Williams, live DJ Woody Woods from 98.7 the Beat and more. The event is presented by the Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs.

Wiener races

Woofstock and Wieners comes to Magic Island, 101 Kanawaha Boulevard West along the Kanawha River in Charleston, Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. The event features Charleston’s Famous Wiener Dog Races, new races for all breeds by weight, costume contests, silly dog tricks, fetch competitions, doggy musical chairs, largest lap dog and a food truck roundup, plus local food and numerous vendors. Admission is a $5 donation, and children 5 and under are free. All proceeds benefit Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association. Payment is accepted at the event.

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