Tuesday, June 19th marks the 147th anniversary of Juneteenth, marking the abolition of slavery in Texas.
To celebrate the day, when enforcement of President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation reached Texas, a parade will wind its way through east Austin.
It’s the 16th annual parade put on by the volunteer-based Juneteenth Committee. For coordinator Gwendolyn Doyle, the event is more than a simple celebration.
“Our youth need to know where we came from, that way we can know where we’re going,” Doyle says. “It’s an event for the community and family to come together … It's full of family and fun and fellowship out there."
The parade begins at 10 a.m. and will start on Martin Luther King Boulevard and Comal Street. But be sure to get there early. Doyle has noticed that in years past, community members started reserving prime sidewalk space at six in the morning. The procession will end around noon and entertainment will continue at Rosewood Park.
You can read more about additional Juneteenth festivities, and view a map of the parade route below.
View Juneteenth Parade Route in a larger map