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26th Annual Juneteenth Festival – Saturday, June 21, 2014, Howard T. Brown Park in Downtown Norwich


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This event is FREE and open to the public!

For more info on the 2015 Juneteenth Celebration, visit: Connecticut Fairs & Festivals

Entertainment and Vendors

De 4 Ahwee – Caribbean Steel Drum band

DSC00012De 4 Ahwee is a Bloomfield, CT-based Steel Band whose members hail from Trinidad , Tobago, and Connecticut!. They’ve played at the University of Hartford, in Bloomfield and Danbury, CT, at Trinity College’s Annual Samba Festival, and recently at Wesleyan University.

The Steve Marien Quartet with Nichelle Rollins

Members of the Steve Marien Quartet

Members of the Steve Marien Quartet

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Nichelle  Rollins – jazz singer








Steve Marien and his fellow musicians bring hot renditions of jazz classics to the stage, designed to get you bouncing and swaying in your seats and maybe even getting up and dancing! They’ll provide “Grown Folks” entertainment beginning at 3 pm, so stick around and listen in! They’ll be joined by jazz vocalist Nichelle.

International Family Worship Center Youth Step TeamInternational Family Worship Center Step Team

This talented group of young people who are Youth members of the International Family Worship Center will bring their energy and precision step and dance moves to the Juneteenth stage again. Last year their performance was a big hit – don’t miss their performance for the 2014 Celebration!

Confirmed Merchandise & Food Vendors / Crafters & Non-Profit Organizations:

Blazin BBQ logo from FBUncle D’s Blazin’ BBQ - this repeat vendor always provides great food, great service and terrific community spirit – bring your appetite!

Need your BBQ before Juneteenth? Check them out at 276 West Town Street, Norwich, or click the photo to visit their Facebook page!


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Karen E. Cook - Karen is an Avon Independent Sales Representative serving customers throughout Eastern Connecticut. Check out her booth at Juneteenth and get your Avon products, or order ahead so you won’t run out! Need to contact Karen before Juneteenth? Email her


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The Norwich Police Department’s Color Guard will be leading our opening parade of participants, City officials and Elected Representatives from the end of Howard T. Brown Park to the entrance.

Join us for the parade kickoff at 10 am and cheer on our local and regional officials and representatives who will be participating!

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The US Navy’s Silver Dolphin Color Guard will also be participating in our opening parade for Juneteenth. We welcome the Silver Dolphins and appreciate them representing our Sailors!



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Unique Praise Anointed Worship - a Norwich-based liturgical dance group, founded by LaShawn Cunningham, brings their soulful flavor of dance movement to Juneteenth. Liturgical dancers incorporate movement that is inspired by and flows out of gospel and spiritual music, which enhances the performance and the audiences’ enjoyment.


scentsy logoLisa Zeppieri is a Scentsy Certified Consultant, offering a variety of home and personal fragrance products for the direct selling company. The simplicity and value of its flagship product, scented, wickless candles heated in decorative ceramic warmers, provides a better alternative to burning wicked candles. You can find her web page here


ms ilias funky facesMs. Ilia’s Funky Faces, Fancy Tattoos and More will be providing face painting, glitter tattoos, and henna tattoos. Come down, bring your kids to get a full face painting for $5, a small face painting design for $3. Wanna be sparkly? Get a glitter tattoo for just $5 that will last you 2-5 days. Are you a little bolder? Then I invite you to get a henna tattoo that will last you from 1 to 2 weeks for just $20. Can’t afford $20? Bring a friend and both of you will get one tattoo for $15; or if you’d like to get more that one tattoo, you can get 2 for $20. You can find Ilia Chavez on Facebook at Ms. Ilia’s Funky Faces

Trish Leary is a Tupperware distributor providing local access to one of the most trusted names in housewares. Tupperware provides high quality products, the finest design features, and products to meet your needs.


Bows n Things LogoShierka Billips, Owner of Bows & Things Boutique is a returning vendor for the 2014 Juneteenth Celebration. She has clothing – some outfits come with customized shirts – hair accessories, tutus, bow ties, jewelry for children and adults, and body oils. You can find her on Facebook at Bows & Things Boutique, and don’t forget to print out her flyer with a discount code for Juneteenth shoppers!


DeDes DesignsWith a slogan like “Imagination for All Occasions!”, Desiree Desilus’ company, DeDe’s Dezigns will be sure to make your event a special one. She’ll be bringing her balloon-twisting talents to the Juneteenth Celebration for the very first time! You can find her on Facebook as Fantasy Fun Entertainment.


Oasis Dance CompanyFounded in 2003, The OASIS Dance Collective is a community dance program based in the National Capitol Region of Greater Washington, DC and Norwich, CT, that is committed to making dance a meaningful experience for all. OASIS combines all forms of dance to create an eclectic performance that captivates and rouses the senses of the audience.


Goshen Home CareGoshen Homecare  & Companions provides both personal and companion care assistance for Independent Living. We take the time to learn about your needs and interests. We offer a variety of services intended to ensure your comfort. Our staff continually refines your personal care plan to enhance your ability to enjoy the very best quality of life possible. You can find them online at: Goshen Homecare

youngevity_logo-white1-jpgClaudia Cupe is an Independent Distributor with Youngevity,  a company dedicated to delivering solutions to help health-conscious consumers Live Younger, Longer. Established in 1997 by Drs. Joel Wallach, DVM, ND and Ma Lan, MS, MD , and headquartered in San Diego, California, we offer a wide range of products and services to support a healthy lifestyle. You can find Claudia online on Facebook at: Claudia Cupe.

LWV-CTThe League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization of women and men.  We encourage informed and active participation in government, work to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influence public policy through education and advocacy.

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The City of Norwich’s Diversity Committee
was created with a specific Mission: To increase the number of diverse applicants by engaging underrepresented groups to seek city employment. The committee is made up of city employees and community members from many different backgrounds, viewpoints, and experiences.

Princess House logoPrincess House’s primary purpose was to provide an opportunity for women to become financially and personally independent at a time when women had few career options. The road to independence was paved by the company’s unique offering of beautiful handblown, cut-glass crystal ware and collectibles and the flexibility it offered consultants through its direct selling party plan model. Local consultant Marvie Cagle will be representing the company as an Independent Distributor at Juneteenth.


In support of the greater Norwich small business community, we’ve lowered our vendor prices! Material / Goods vendors will now only pay $30 for a space (lowered from $50) and Food vendors will only pay $100 for their space (lowered from $150). Vendors who have already paid the original fee will be issued a refund.

Interested in becoming a vendor for the event? Click here for more information and a vendor application. If you’re a non-profit who will NOT be making sales at the event, use the same link to complete an application (no charge for non-profits with no sales at the event).

The Norwich NAACP has instituted a Code of Conduct for vendors, exhibitors and entertainers for all NAACP-sponsored events moving forward. You may access the Code of Conduct in PDF form by clicking the link below:

Adopted Norwich NAACP Code of Conduct


The Norwich Branch NAACP does not endorse or oppose candidates running for public office, make financial or in-kind contributions to candidates, political parties, or PACs, or engage in other activity that is designed or targeted to influence the outcome of any candidate election.

Organizations or individuals participating in the Juneteenth Festival should NOT be construed or assumed to be endorsed by or supported by the Norwich Branch NAACP.

2014 Juneteenth Craft and Merchandise Vendor Form Now Available!

We’d love to have you as a Craft or Merchandise Vendor for the 2014 Juneteenth Festival in Downtown Norwich – you can download and print the application from this link

2014 Merchandise and Vendor Application

Event information:

juneteenth - no text - 640x520JUNETEENTH 2014
Saturday, June 21, 2014
Norwich, Connecticut – Waterfront Marina at Howard T. Brown Park
Sponsored by:  Norwich Branch N.A.A.C.P.


We need your name, mailing address, email address and best contact phone number, and a fax number if available. We also need a description of your merchandise and / or craft items that will be offered for sale, and a contact person (if that is not you)

** For your exclusivity and to benefit the vendors – We make every effort NOT to duplicate merchandise – first paid application has priority.

****FAST RESPONSE BONUS: Vendors who submit their forms WITH payment before June 14, 2014 may also have their logo displayed on our event page, and links to their website and Facebook page. Please submit your logo as clean, camera-ready artwork in PDF or as an image (jpg) file to Dianne Daniels at the email listed below.

Please plan ahead to join us today.  The entry fee is $50.00 for craft and merchandise vendors.

If you represent a non-profit that will NOT be selling any product or services at the event, you may reserve a space at no charge – just write “Non-profit – No Sales” on your application before submitting it.

Applications must be submitted in writing - WITH PAYMENT for craft and merchandise vendors – by JUNE 14, 2014. Applications can be mailed to:

Norwich NAACP Juneteenth Committee
P.O. Box 24
Norwich, CT 06360

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Aaron Daniels, Co-Chair, at (860) 710-0199 (cell) or  aaronldaniels@snet.net (email), or Dianne Daniels, Co-Chair, at (860) 794-4439 or dianne.m.daniels@gmail.com (email).

We look forward to your joining us on Saturday, June 21, 2014 

2013 Juneteenth Celebration – The Event in Review

Juneteenth 2013 was a rousing success – check out the photos from the event below, and don’t forget to mark your calendars for the 2014 Juneteenth Celebration, scheduled for Saturday, June 21, 2014!