ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - Folks all across Central Louisiana remembered the past Saturday in order to make a better future.
The 26th annual Juneteenth celebration kicked off Thursday and continued Saturday, with a parade that marched from Peabody High School down to the Red River Amphitheater.
June 19, which is shortened to Juneteenth, is the official celebration of when Texas slaves were notified they were freed.
The Central Louisiana Juneteenth association puts on the celebration. The president said it's a way to get the community involved and to teach them the importance of Juneteenth.
"We want them to understand what this all means, and the best way to have them understand it is to have them celebrate it," said organizer Joe Fuller. "If you ever want to get your history repeated, you start celebrations and festivals. So, we started this to let them know what their history is all about."
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