Juneteenth Festival celebrates Elmont’s cultural melting pot


The fourth annual Juneteenth Festival in Elmont was a day of celebration last weekend, where neighbors gathered to celebrate the civic diversity in the community.

Community members browsed food vendors for different cuisines, played games, shopped local businesses and more during the annual festivity on June 15.

Elmont Cultural Center founder Mimi Pierre-Johnson received a President’s Lifetime Achievement Award from the White House for her lifelong commitment to activism in Elmont and beyond during the event.

Celebrating Elmont’s leaders is something the community is always proud to show out for, and the Juneteenth Festival was another example of that. Regional entertainers who performed included The Ross Boys, Warren Wint, Brodie Fresh, the Elmont Community Choir, The Djembe Boys, Perfection Dance Center Dancers, One Take Cater, Phonetic Wisdom, Poet Stars and Seja.

The event was organized by the Elmont Cultural Center and the Elmont Alumni Network Eagles. It was made possible by sponsors like Empire Voices, 1199SEIU Funds, the Rick Miller Foundation, McDonalds, New York Offshore Wind Alliance, New York Communities for Change, You’re Our Unity and Rocks Entertainment.