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Juneteenth celebrated in downtown Alexandria

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 5) -- Hundreds of people commemorated the end of slavery with the annual Juneteenth celebration in downtown Alexandria Saturday.

Events started at the amphitheater where vendors and musicians gathered in front of crowds.

A parade followed down 3rd Street in front of city hall.

Juneteenth marks the end of slavery. It was on June 19 that union soldiers found out the war had ended and the slaves were free.

"I think it's important for people to know where they're going, especially in the south, to embrace our past, and to really know that our future is not defined by where we came from, but where we're going," said Numa Metoyer, a participant.

The end of slavery officially came two years after the Emancipation Proclamation.

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