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Juneteenth Celebrations

By: Amanda O'Neal
By: Amanda O'Neal

The rain didn't stop the Juneteenth Parade from happening Saturday morning. Hundreds showed up for the parade which started at Kemp Elementary on Martin Luther King Street.

The festivities continued at Sadie Thomas Park where there was food and entertainment by Eugene-Eugene. Scholarships and trophies were also handed out. Organizers were pleased with the turnout.

" Today's event turned out beautiful. God is good at all times. The rain didn't deter anybody. I saw kids sitting on floats with umbrellas. No body was getting off floats or running. Everybody was ready for the parade," said Jacqueline Bailey with the Juneteenth Committee.

" I think it's great that everyone in the black community is coming together and bonding for the Juneteenth celebration. It's good that we do this once a year and have a good time," said Bryan resident, Brandon Nichols.

" To me Juneteenth means the parade and the food and how far we've come since slavery. It makes me feel good to see our community come out and be together as one," said Parade participant, Darius Alexander.

One Juneteenth celebration had to be moved in doors due to the rain.
The first Praises in the Park was set to take place at the Wolf Pen Creek Amphitheater on Saturday. The venue changed to the Bryan Civic Auditorium. Local choirs, musicians, and dancers performed.

" It came to me as a vision from God. We wanted to take it back to the original way of Juneteenth which was praising and thanking God for our freedom," said Bema Johnson, Praises in the Park Coordinator.


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