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Emancipation Day ‘Big Street' Parade Rings In the New Year
1/4/2017 3:20:14 PM

Emancipation Proclamation Association President Ethel Greene(second from left) poses for a photo with Charleston City Councilman James Lewis(left) and Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg with wife Sandy(right) at the 2017 Emancipation Day Parade

Impression Steel Band at church service

Miss Jr. Emancipator (left) and other youth contestants
Staff Reports - The celebration of the new year started off with a bang when hundreds of local churches, organizations and civic groups gathered at the campus of Burke High School for the Annual Emancipation Proclamation Day ‘Big Street’ Parade that was held on Monday January 2, 2017. This year’s festivities celebrated the 154th signing of the Emancipation.

President of the Emancipation Proclamation Association Ms. Ethel Greene, who coordinated the event, was pleased with this year’s celebration.

“Words can not describe the gratitude I have for all the support we have gotten from the community to make this year's event another success in 2017. We continue to get contributions from volunteers who understand the meaning and purpose behind the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation and I am very thankful. I would like to thank everyone who was involved in putting the parade together.”

The parade began at 11:00 a.m. on Fishburne Street near Burke High School with an assemblage of participating church units, floats, kings and queens from various civic & social community groups. The crowd gathered along the streets and cheered as they were entertained by the colorful and enthusiastic participants of this year's grand event.

The parade ended on Calhoun Street at Mother Emanuel AME Church.

Bible Way Baptist Church was the site for the church service that was held after the parade. The orator for the day was Rev. Dr. Eric Mack, pastor of Bethany Baptist Church.

Rev. Lawrence Bratton served as assistant orator.

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