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Celebrating Juneteenth: Annual parade means more this year to parade participants

“It has always been nice to come out and celebrate the parade, but this year it’s even more with it being a national holiday”
Updated: Jun. 19, 2021 at 11:01 PM CDT
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BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) -Juneteenth celebrations took place all across the Brazos Valley on Saturday. One of the festivities was the annual Juneteenth parade in Bryan and for parade participants, this year’s parade meant more.

Starting at Kemp Elementary and concluding at Sadie Thomas Park, businesses, organizations, and Bryan/College Station residents all took part in the parade. Floats, trucks, bikes, old fashion vehicles, and even 18-wheelers moved down the Bryan streets bringing excitement and lots of smiles.

“This is a celebration for everybody, every race, as you can see there are a bunch of different races out here, so it’s not all about that. It’s more than that,” said Tony Lavalais, CEO of Texas Ghost Riders. “This is an event for families to come out and have fun and enjoy ourselves. [Its] something positive in the community, which we need more of.”

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Harry Davis has been participating in the parade for years and decorates his truck. However, he said with Juneteenth becoming a national holiday, it makes this year’s celebration special.

“It has always been nice to come out and celebrate the parade, but this year it’s even more with it being a national holiday,” said Davis. “I’m simply overwhelmed, overjoyed. I’m sure all of America should be.”

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