28th Annual Juneteenth Festival – Saturday, June 18, 2016, Howard T. Brown Park in Downtown Norwich

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Join Us for the 2016 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:  2016 event flyer

Or click the link below for the PDF:

2016 event flyer


In support of the greater Norwich small business community, we’re keeping our vendor prices stable from 2015! Food / Material / Goods vendors only pay $20 for a space.

Interested in becoming a vendor / exhibitor for the event? Click HERE for a vendor / exhibitor application, or use the link below. If you’re a non-profit who will NOT be making sales at the event, use the same link to access the exhibitor form (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.

Vendor Form (PDF)

Norwich NAACP Juneteenth
Announcer / Emcee

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.


Our Disc Jockey

animated music notes 2Clarence Neal of Undefeated Entertainment will be providing sound support and music during our event as our Official DJ!


Family Fun

BounceArama7We’re thrilled to have Bounce-a-rama Inflatables  return to keep the kids happy and provide family-friendly fun throughout the day! Bring your camera and hang out near the bounce houses to get photos of your little ones having the time of their lives!


Confirmed Merchandise & Food Vendors, Crafters,
Entertainers & Non-Profit Organizations

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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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Aaron “Al” Daniels – Professional Percussionist
From the very first beat, you’ll hear not only the rhythm, but the heart of Al Daniels when he plays his array of percussion instruments in a variety of styles including African, Blues, Caribbean, Celtic, Country, Latin, and Rhythm & Blues.


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BJ’s Sausage & Dogs is joining us at Juneteenth for the first time – get your Hot Dogs, Kielbasa, Georgia Hots, Chips, Candy, Cookies and other summertime favorites during our celebration. Come on down, bring your appetite, and show him some love!



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Beauty supplies, aromatherapy oils, soaps and sugar scrubs are just some of the self-care items provided. Join us in welcoming them to Juneteenth for the first time!

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.


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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 for this year’s celebration!




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!




The International Family Worship Center brings their soulful voices and high-energy entertainment again this year – they always get the crowd and the community engaged and entertained! Find out more about them by visiting their website.



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Renewal by Anderson of Southern New England
is making their debut as an exhibitor at Juneteenth.

Renewal by Andersen is the replacement window division of Andersen Corporation, a company with a 110 year history, and a name synonymous with quality. They are committed to providing an exceptional window replacement experience.

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Our own Otis Library – recent winner of a 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Service – will be bringing information about all the wonderful services and activities the library has to offer. Come on down and congratulate them on their award and get the latest info on what’s happening at the Otis!



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.

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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