Texans celebrate Juneteenth at annual parade

Every June, communities across the state of Texas celebrate Juneteenth. The centuries-old observance and state holiday commemorates the ending of slavery in the united states.

Here in Austin more than a hundred people came out to celebrate “Freedom Day” in east Austin. 

Juneteenth is a celebration that dates back to June 19, 1865.

“It’s the freedom for all, not just African Americans but all races,” said Yolanda Bumpers.

Even though Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation became official as of January 1863, it didn’t have much effect on the people of Texas.

Two and a half years later, word had spread that slavery was finally over. 

“We all should be celebrating our freedom what our founding fathers fought for,” said Michelle Faulkner.

This year the holiday celebrated its 154th anniversary.

On Saturday, Juneteenth, also known as “Emancipation Day” was commemorated with a parade. Dozens of floats made their way down Martin Luther King Boulevard and Comal Street and wrapped up at Rosewood and Chestnut avenues.

Assistant Fire Chief Richard Davis rode in the parade and says the event has grown throughout the years. 

“It just great to see more and more young people come out so they can carry on traditions in the future,” said Davis. 

The chief says every year, Juneteenth brings all colors and religions together, to celebrate a benchmark that would forever change American history.

“To understand our history a little bit better so when we go forward in our future we can make things a lot better,” said Davis.