Juneteenth Events Planned In East Texas

A uniquely Texas holiday kicks off this weekend, the anniversary of the day word of the Emancipation Proclamation reached slaves in the state.

There are a number of Juneteenth events scheduled in East Texas. Here are a few of those events:

In Tyler, the annual Juneteenth parade begins at 10 a.m. and runs down Martin Luther King Blvd. Following the parade a celebration will be held at Woldert Park lasting until 5 p.m. If that's not enough partying for you, a Juneteenth dance will be held at Harvey Convention Center. The dance starts up at 9 p.m. and lasts until 1 a.m.

In Longview, there will be a parade starting at 10 a.m. on Martin Luther King Blvd., then beginning at 8 p.m., the 11th annual "Juneteenth Rodeo and Dance" will be held at the Maude Cobb Convention Center.

And in Henderson, a parade rolls on at 10 a.m. through downtown. A celebration in Yates Park follows.

Chris Gibson, reporting