Juneteenth parade

The COVID-19 pandemic, as it did with so many other events, forced cancellation of last year’s Cleburne Juneteenth Parade and Pageant Celebration, an unfortunate turn of events for several reasons.

“Mainly because we couldn’t, for safety reasons, hold the events last year, which was sad,” Men On A Mission member and event coordinator Angus Quigley said. “But also because we had worked so hard to revive the tradition in Cleburne over the past several years before 2020 and the pandemic. 

“Juneteenth for us growing up in Cleburne was just such a staple of the community every year with the parade and everything else. Then we went off to school and when we came back saw that the celebration had pretty much slowed down as many of the former organizers had gotten older. That sparked our interest and we saw it as our obligation to reignite the tradition and help carry it on.”

The good news, Quigley said, is that, after last year’s brief hiatus, Juneteenth celebrations return to Cleburne today and Friday and all are invited to join in.

The Juneteenth Pageant runs from 7-9 p.m. Friday at Wheat Middle School, 810 N. Colonial Drive. Entry is $50 per contestant.

Gathering for the Juneteenth Parade starts at 10:15 a.m. Saturday at the Fulton Education Center, 311 Featherston St. 

The parade begins at 11 a.m. traveling from South Walnut Street to West Chambers Street to Caddo Street. From there the parade runs from Caddo Street to Brazos Avenue to Mansfield Road to Park Street. The parade concludes at Carver Park, 600 Park St.

Entry fee for the parade is free but contact angus.quigley@mail.com to participate. Cash prizes will be awarded. For information, contact Angus Quigley at

angus.quigley@mail.com.

Once the parade wraps, the day of celebration and community kicks off at Carver Park.

Festivities include free food, basketball and softball tournaments, DJs and live music, snow cones, face painting and games and activities for children and adults.

A partial list of vendors confirmed includes: Ishie’s Catering, Ice and Easy Snowcones, Smoking Angus BBQ, Dalish Daiquiris, Legacy Scrubs, P. Jaye Jewels & Accessories and more. 

A GoFundMe page has been established to help defray costs of the events. For information or to make a donation, visit gofund.me/38baf037

Men On A Mission members pool their collective talents to give back to and celebrate the community.

COVID-19 may have halted last year’s Juneteenth events but it hardly dampened the drive and passion of the members of M.O.A.M. or the Cleburne community, Quigley said. 

“Our love and passion comes from a rich history of what Juneteenth in Cleburne always was for us growing up,” Quigley said. “Each year the elders in the community worked together to put forth a pageant of such elegance and grace, a parade for children and adults to marvel at and last but certainly not least, a full day of festivities and fun down at Carver Park.

“It is now our time to carry the torch and you can trust and believe we will not drop it or let the burning flame be extinguished. 

“We truly feel that Juneteenth should remain at the forefront of celebrations for the African-American community just as much as the Fourth of July but even more so since Juneteenth commemorates the freeing of Black people in Texas.”

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