2015 Juneteenth Celebration – The Event in Review

The 27th Annual Juneteenth Festival was a family-friendly, entertaining success! There were awards given to very deserving community members, lots of great music, wonderfully eclectic and informative vendors, and a ton of fun for all.

Enjoy the photos below and stay tuned for a selection of videos from the event to be posted very soon!

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2014 Juneteenth Celebration – The Event in Review

Juneteenth 2014 was a rousing success – check out the photos from the event below, and don’t forget to mark your calendars for the 2015 Juneteenth Celebration, scheduled for Saturday, June 20, 2015!

27th Annual Juneteenth Festival – Saturday, June 20, 2015, Howard T. Brown Park in Downtown Norwich

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Join Us for the 2015 Juneteenth Celebration in Howard T. Brown Park

This event is FREE and open to the public!
Food, Music, Crafts, Vendors, Entertainment and Much More!

Download and / or Print the Event Flyer:  2015 event flyer

Or click the image below for the PDF:

2015 event flyer

jamie belliveau - emceeJamie Belliveau is a dynamic talent in the niche of live announcing. He is currently the voice of the Extreme Fighting Championship (EFC MMA), and has also been a game announcer for the Annual Las Vegas NBA Summer League.

Jamie has been the Emcee for numerous Norwich NAACP events, and we’re thrilled to have him return as our Juneteenth Day Emcee. His crisp articulation and exhilarating inflections combined with the unmistakable gravitas of his voice instantly grab an audience’s attention and hold it throughout any event.

Jamie is also a professional voice-over artist with nearly a decade of commercial experience, having cultivated his distinctive voice into a signature sound. He’s voiced for McDonald’s, Findlay Toyota, the Pine Bluff Summer Jazz Festival and more. For more information or to hear some of his work, visit his website at VoicedbyJamie.com.
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Clarence Neal of Undefeated Entertainment will be providing sound support and music during our event as our Official DJ!




We’ll have TWO Bounce Houses from Bounce-a-rama Inflatables to keep the kids happy and provide family-friendly fun throughout the day! Plan to bring your camera and hang out near the bounce houses to get photos of your little ones having the time of their lives!

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Thanks to Roxy FM 100.9 for their great work on our Juneteenth Festival commercial – great job!



Confirmed Merchandise & Food Vendors, Crafters,
Entertainers & 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! They’ll be bringing their pulled pork sandwiches, Nachos, Ribs, side dishes, Watermelon, Lemonade and Sweet Tea!

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


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.


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Sandy Cusano is a familiar and welcome addition to the ranks of our Juneteenth vendors and brings her hand-crafted quilted items to the festival each year.

Stop by Sandy’s table and see what her talented hands have created this year!


backus hospital logo We’re thrilled to have the Backus Hospital Care Van and Cheri Deguire on hand at Juneteenth from 11 am to 3 pm to perform complimentary bone density screenings – it only takes 3 minutes! The Care Van is an integral part of Backus Hospital’s efforts to provide preventative screenings and treatment to the community.


ms ilias funky faces Talented artist Ilia Chavez is the proprietor of Ms. Ilia’s Funky Faces and is our Official Face-Painter for the 2015 Juneteenth Festival. Visit her on the day of the festival to get your face painted or have an expressive and unique temporary tattoo done.




Local drumming ensemble Mixed Blessings (from left, Gregory Perry, guest Aaron Kenney, Sidat Balgobin and Aaron L. Daniels) will be part of our day’s entertainment as they bring their percussion and rhythms to the Juneteenth festival.


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Jury Administration – Jury Outreach Program
The right to a trial is a cornerstone of Connecticut’s system of justice. Jury service is not merely an obligation – it is every citizen’s right. In order to ensure that right, individuals who are summoned to jury service must be willing to participate in this system. The purpose of the State of Connecticut Judicial Branch’s Jury Outreach Program is to provide such information to the community so that an increasing number of state residents will be fully informed of the rights and obligations related to jury service.  We offer free presentations, providing information that eases apprehensions and answers questions about eligibility, importance, individual role and other aspects of jury service, if and when they are eventually summoned.



The Norwich Police Department’s Color Guard are a familiar and welcome participant in our annual Juneteenth Parade – they always represent themselves and the Police Department proudly, and we look forward to having them join us again this year!


Fire Dept sm - 160x147 The Norwich Fire Department will bring their Forestry I vehicle to Juneteenth this year. Lt. Patrick Curtin and Firefighters Kyle Seitz and Ryan Flaherty will be on hand to help educate community members and Festival attendees about fire safety, and if you’ve ever dreamed of being a Firefighter, you can ask them about their experiences and find out about the department’s recruiting efforts!



Christopher and Betty Tommasi are new vendors to Juneteenth, and will bring us their craft and artwork including pictures, birdhouses and crocheted items. Welcome!




The International Family Worship Center joins us as an exhibitor this year – find out more about them by visiting their website.



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Dominique Brown of SoyHi Candles is returning as a vendor this year – check out her booth for beautiful and functional homemade soy wax candles and tarts!



Irie Phee is an ever growing natural health and Beauty boutique. All of the fashion accessories we have for sale are culturally or spiritually inspired and handmade! We are also a J.R. Watkins Natural Home and Body Care Consultant and Retailer. Last but not least, Irie Phee is a hand made Hula Hoop Vendor- we take orders for custom hoops and offer great cardio and toning workout tips!

Through  sales and networking our ultimate mission is to simply Promote Positivity, Peace, Spirituality, and Truth! Our online/traveling  beauty boutique available for parties and events: www.facebook.com/iriephee or contact iriephee@gmail.com for inquiries or orders!


Yasmin Ward R&B | Neo Soul Recording Artist, Yasmin Ward is as soulful as she is rustic, as jazzy as she is contemporary. Her jazzy – vocal influences trend-send today’s popular productions.

A true testament of past meets present, Yasmin Ward’s
voice is sure to capture your attention from start to finish.
Yasmin Ward pulls at her listeners’ hearts-strings, with intimate and emotional lyrics.

From love and betrayal, to self empowerment and awareness Ms. Ward takes her audiences on an emotional ride. Her up and coming debut EP, Untold Stories distributed through Sony Music | The Orchard, is sure to captive fans across genres and generations.


In support of the greater Norwich small business community, we’ve lowered our vendor prices! Food / Material / Goods vendors will now only pay $20 for a space.

Interested in becoming a vendor / exhibitor for the event? Click HERE for a vendor / exhibitor application. If you’re a non-profit who will NOT be making sales at the event, use the same link for an exhibitor (no charge for non-profits with no sales at the event). Please note: Your vendor space is NOT reserved until we receive your vendor form (AND payment, if required). To assist with our promotion prior to and on the day of the event, please also include a one-paragraph description of your business and it’s offerings for the festival. ALL submissions may be edited for length and content.

The Norwich NAACP has instituted a Code of Conduct for vendors, exhibitors and entertainers for all NAACP-sponsored events moving forward. Submission of the vendor / exhibitor form commits you to adherence to the Code of Conduct. 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.

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!