City council issues proclamations to recognize Pride Month and Juneteenth

In recognition of both Pride Month and Juneteenth, the Mercer Island City Council issued two proclamations at its June 6 special hybrid meeting.

Proclamation No. 310 establishes June as Pride Month on Mercer Island, commemorating the June 28, 1969 Stonewall riots and supporting LGBTQ+ equality, according to the proclamation.

Proclamation No. 311 recognizes June 19 as Juneteenth on Mercer Island. Juneteenth, which takes place on June 19 each year, is recognized across the nation as a day to remember the history of systemic racism, slavery and inequality in America, the proclamation reads.

A Pride in the Park Celebration will take place from 3-6 p.m. on June 17 at Mercerdale Park. The Pride and city of Mercer Island free gathering will feature games, sweet treats, live music and an LGBTQIA+ book swap.

A Juneteenth Community Celebration will occur from noon to 4 p.m. on June 19 at Mercerdale Park. The Mercer Island High School Black Student Union and the city of Mercer Island event will recognize the holiday and unite the community. The free event will be complete with minority owned food trucks, kids’ activities and live music by the Triple Threat Band.