Houstonians held parades, picnics and musical tributes to commemorate Juneteenth, often referred to as African-American Independence Day.
The holiday fell on Father’s Day this year, but that didn’t stop the community from remembering the day in 1865 when General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston to read the Emancipation Proclamation, which freed more than 250,000 slaves throughout Texas.
On Saturday, St. Representative Sylvester Turner hosted the Juneteenth Centennial Parade.
The parade route went through the heart of the Acres Homes community and featured horses, marching bands, community groups and politicians, including Mayor Annise Parker and City Council Members Jarvis Johnson and Melissa Noriega.
“I am very excited to be able to celebrate the community of Acres Homes and to have a parade that is a worthy tribute to our rich heritage,” said Rep. Turner.