It's become one of the largest celebrations of it's kind in the state. More than 5,000 people showed up Saturday for the annual "Juneteenth" parade and celebration in Tyler.
The hour long parade following the MLK Blvd route, included new and old cars, local dance and drill teams, and even some horse drawn carriages. The parade is a chance to see friends and have some fun, but for many the meaning of the day hasn't been lost.
Juneteenth became an official state holiday in 1980. It celebrates the day slaves in Texas learned of their freedom through the Emancipation Proclamation.