COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — NBC4 is proud to be a sponsor of the first-ever Juneteenth Parade in the Linden community. This historic event took place on June 19, 2023, to celebrate freedom, culture, and unity.

The parade started at 10:30 a.m., commencing at Hudson Street. Spectators and participants proceed southbound down Cleveland Avenue to 11th Avenue at the Four-Corners/Point of Pride. The event had an array of captivating floats, marching bands, community organizations, and individuals coming together to commemorate Juneteenth.

“NBC4 is proud to be the media sponsor for the Inaugural Juneteenth Parade in Linden,” said Ken Freedman, NBC4 VP/General Manager. “Being involved in this event in its very first year only allows us to continue to serve our community and further our mission of being ‘Local 4 You.’” 

The Inaugural Juneteenth Parade aims to highlight the rich heritage and contributions of the African American community while promoting unity and solidarity among all residents of the Linden community. The parade serves as a reminder of the importance of Juneteenth, commemorating the emancipation of enslaved African Americans and celebrating the progress made in the pursuit of equality and justice. The non-profit organization, the Makinde Foundation, presented the parade. 

“The parade acknowledges that although challenges persist in some communities, it is important to celebrate past achievements to inspire others and continue fighting for freedom for all people,” said Mayo Makinde, Founder of the Makinde Foundation. “Juneteenth is not just an African American achievement but an American one, representing a significant step towards recognizing the cruelty of slavery and striving for freedom throughout the country’s history.”

In addition to the spirited parade, attendees enjoyed exciting activities throughout the morning. The event featured fun-filled entertainment, delectable food vendors offering diverse culinary delights, and live performances showcasing local talent. It was an excellent opportunity for families, friends, and neighbors to come together and enjoy a day of celebration and community engagement.

“The Juneteenth Parade in Linden aims to honor this momentous occasion by bringing together the community in a celebration of freedom, resilience, and progress,” said communication strategist, DaVante’ Goins. “The parade will showcase the best of what the Linden community is and offers to the Buckeye City.”