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story.lead_photo.caption A file photo shows the 2019 Juneteenth Festival Parade in Magnolia. - Photo by J.D. Bailey

UCO (United Community Organization), the group that sponsors the annual Juneteenth Festival in Magnolia, has regrettably announced that this year’s event will not take place. The move comes after careful monitoring of the coronavirus, according to a statement from the organization.

“The sheer uncertainty that surrounds this disease has yet to put our minds at ease about holding our event — which celebrates independence, honors culture, and encourages our present and future,” said Kizmet Davis, president of UCO.

Davis noted that UCO tried to remain optimistic about the situation, but the biggest concern was the health and well-being of potential vendors, contenders, and attendees.

The will not be rescheduled for 2020. Davis, though, stated that UCO is looking forward to ensuring that Juneteenth 2021 is on target for “being an even bigger success.”

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