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In Pictures: While Coach Prime remains away, Colorado Football joins the community to celebrate freedom during the Juneteenth Parade

The Colorado Buffaloes are one with Denver’s Juneteenth Parade in Denver! This important event marks the day the Texas slaves discovered they were free. It has since become a core event, with the festivities kicking off with one of Denver’s oldest parades, starting at Manual High School and going down Welton Street to the Juneteenth Music Festival since the 1950s.

This year, thousands of Colorado residents will celebrate Juneteenth this weekend. Founder of the Juneteenth Music Festival Norman Harris said: “It means everything. It’s an opportunity for our community to come together, see people they haven’t seen yet and connect with resources. It is a dynamic and immersive cultural experience.” Set in Denver’s historic Five Points neighborhood, the parade will see familiar faces of CU Buffs players as they take part in the celebration.

Colorado Football participates in the Juneteenth Parade in Denver

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Coach Prime is out of the picture as the Buffs O-line participates in the Juneteenth Parade in Denver. But if CU loves football posted a carousel of photos on IG, capturing familiar faces. Prominent CU Buffs players such as Kahlil Benson, Justin Mayers and Tyler Brown were among those at the event as they mingled with the crowd during the celebration.

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This year’s Juneteenth Music Festival will be opened by rapper and actor Bow Wow, followed by an array of local artists celebrating Denver’s rich cultural heritage and music. The CU Buffs are more than just football and the fact that this isn’t their first time participating in the parade shows their patriotism.

The purpose of participation revealed

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In 2021, the CU Buffs participated in the Historic Five Points Juneteenth Parade. It was then that women’s basketball assistant coach Shandrika Lee revealed: “It is important that our student-athletes see us participate because we are a family and will always support our Black student-athletes. We want to show them that they matter, that their voices are heard. They give so much to the University of Colorado and it’s important that we celebrate them.”

The cultural scenario in Colorado changed drastically after Deion Sanders’ first season in Colorado. After running the Prime effect in BoulderCU has seen a phenomenal increase in applications, with 68,000 students applying for the fall semester, with 50% of applications being Black students. If Coach Prime remains in Colorado long-term, there will undoubtedly be major changes culturally.