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6/18/05-Tyler

Juneteenth Celebrations Bring Out The Crowds

It was 140 years ago when the emancipation proclamation was read in Texas freeing over 200,000 slaves.
The day: June 19th.  In honor of that day of freedom, East Texas began weekend long celebrations.
Saturday morning in north Tyler a parade winded through the streets. The parade included state and local representatives.
There were also plenty of kids eager to scoop up candy. Those enjoying the parade said Juneteenth will always serve as a reminder of the nation's change and gives many reasons to be proud.
"The best thing I believe is everybody coming together, black people in general," said Courtney Ward. "Not causing any kind of confusion and all kinds of raucous, just coming together to have a good time and to celebrate."
"It's a day we celebrate our freedom and everybody if you don't come out, you are missing a good time," said Aeriel Jones.
Sunday there will be gospel celebration from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at St. Louis Park on Highway 155.

Maya Golden reporting, mgolden@kltv.com

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