The Juneteenth 2008 Parade
After making my way from Center Street to Burleigh, I found a large crowd that gathered to watch the beginning of the Juneteenth parade. Again there was music from participating radio stations and from live musicians. First I saw a group of drummers marching with younger women in more traditional African garb and dancing. Both the drummers and dancers were from the Milwaukee Public Theatre. Public officials or their representatives were also taking part in the parade including my state Senator Lena Taylor, Milwaukee County Treasurer Dan Diliberti and others. Also part of the parade were the co-hosts of WMCS’ Morning Magazine, Joel McNally and Cassandra, Cassandra. Bringing up the back of the parade was a mounted Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke complete with a cowboy hat. Also with the sheriff was a contingent from the department, some on horses and some marching with flags.