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6/21/03 - Tyler

Juneteenth Parade Celebrates History, Freedom

At ten Saturday morning, the Tyler Juneteenth Parade began by turning on to Martin Luther King Boulevard. Vehicles poured past as people lined the streets to cheer.

"It's just an every year thing," parade watcher Patrick Davis said. "A big parade celebrating when we got our freedom. This year it's a big parade, one of the largest I've ever seen."

"I'm just excited," Ina Miller said. "Glad to celebrate a wonderful occasion, and celebrate our freedom."

The annual Juneteenth Celebration continued today, with friends and families gathering to celebrate their freedom on the anniversary of Texas finding out Lincoln had freed the slaves.

"It's good that we could all come together," Sheila Blevins said, "enjoy ourselves, and everybody get along with each other."

For more than an hour, the parade rolled by. Onlookers were excited, and felt blessed to be a part of the special day.

"Freedom is ringing," Larry Cunningham said, "and everybody's coming together."

"I feel like it's a unity thing," said Matrise Johnson. "Just look around, everybody is just of one accord and they're just happy."

Reid Kerr (rkerr@kltv.com) reporting.

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