Controversy over Juneteenth cancellation


When /*Juneteenth*/ happens in /*Berkeley*/ it is big, over 20,000 people attend every year. They have for 21 years on /*Father's Day*/ - making it easily one of the largest festivals in the East Bay. But now word from Juneteenth organizers is, at least for this year, Juneteenth will not happen at all in Berkeley.

Berkeley city claims that fights and violence last year during Juneteenth prompted the city to require organizers this year to have more security, not hold the event on a Sunday, and to also hire an event coordinator. Berkeley city said Juneteenth organizers did not meet the new requirements.

Organizers claim something else; they say Berkeley city tried to force them to hold Juneteenth at another location.

The event celebrates when Texas slaves were freed from slavery.

Juneteenth organizers say they are trying to hold it next year. Berkeley city says that's fine as long as they abide by the new restrictions and do not hold the event on a Sunday, when police staffing is difficult.

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