East Austin community celebrates Juneteenth

Young and old are gathered in East Austin Saturday to celebrate Juneteenth.

AUSTIN - Young and old are gathering in East Austin Saturday to celebrate Juneteenth.

It commemorates the day when the abolition of slavery was announced in Texas back in 1865.

"It's just a community event that I can see everyone enjoys,” said Taylor Miller, a senior at Reagan High School who marched in the parade.

From city council members, to Austin PD, to local musicians – hundreds gathered for the 2017 Central Texas Juneteenth Parade.

It began at MLK and Comal, made its way down Chicon street all the way to Rosewood Avenue.

Miller explained what Juneteenth means to her.

"I just like to think everybody's one step closer,” she said. “I like thinking everyone's happy, everyone's together, everyone's equal."

Bringing together people from all walks of life.

The celebration did not end with the parade. A festival was held at Rosewood Park until 8 p.m.

Organizer Lee Dawson Jr. with the Greater East Austin Youth Association said Juneteenth is also meant to educate the youth.

"It is to bring back knowledge -- to try to get knowledge back to some of our young ones that have lost some of the knowledge, or not getting it in school,” said Dawson.

For 79-year-old life-long East Austin resident Leroy Chambers -- Juneteenth means he meets old friends.

"Every year you see people with happiness. People with smiles,” said Chambers. "It's a relationship. It's a brotherly love relationship.”

Rosewood Avenue from Chicon to Thompson streets will be closed until 10 p.m., when organizers will be tearing down.

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