Juneteenth parade

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As the first band beat its drums and dancers moved effortlessly down Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard on Saturday morning, sleepy bystanders who came to celebrate at the annual Juneteenth parade were suddenly on their feet. Juneteenth – the celebration of the abolition of slavery in Texas was celebrated with an annual parade Saturday morning. Thousands of East Austin community members lined Chicon Street to observe the holiday and to celebrate African-American culture and heritage. In addition to the marching bands, local business, politicians and even a riding club were part of the parade. Parade watchers included those who have been to every Juneteenth parade in East Austin and many smaller members of the community who were taking in the festivities for the first time with wide-eyes.