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Best bets: Art on the Porches, Juneteenth and Pride Parade and this weekend

Art on the Porches

Musicians, artists and food vendors will set up shop on house porches and front yards along Ruskin Avenue between Clairmonte and Summit avenues, for Art on the Porches, between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday, June 18.

The outdoor fun is tied to the Strathmore Homes Tour taking place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. that day, in the city's southwest neighborhood surrounding Onondaga Park. Tour tockets cost $8 in advance, and $10 on Saturday; strathnmorebythepark.org.

Juneteenth this weekend

The Juneteenth Festival - an annual celebration of African-American heritage - kicks off at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 16 with the 2011 Ancestral Recognition Ceremony, featuring a soul-food dinner at Syracuse City Hall Commons-Atrium and music by About Time. Tickets cost $35.

On Friday, June 17, Juneteenth's Food, Fun, Family Friday starts with a flag-raising at City Hall, and includes the Junior Mr. & Ms. Juneteenth Pageant, and music by the : Corcoran High School Gospel Choir, at Jubilee Park.

A Freedom Parade begins at Dr. King Elementary School on Saturday morning, June 18, and continues with the Winston Gaskin Walk for Wellness at Thornden Park, climaxing with the Juneteenth Festival showcasing a variety of local bands from 1:30 to 10 p.m. in Clinton Square.

For info, call 491-6325 or 863-0808; syracusejuneteenth.org.

Pride Parade set Saturday

The CNY Pride Parade and Festival gets underway following a 10:30 a.m. flag-raising at City Hall, on Saturday, June 18. The Pride Parade at 11 a.m. features Grand Marshall Nikki Fenmore.

After the downtown parade to celebrate the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, the CNY Pride Festival is scheduled at noon Saturday, at the Everson Museum Plaza.

At noon Sunday, June 19, the CNY Pride Picnic st set at Camp Brockway, in Pratt's Falls Park Admission costs $20; 254-2386.

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