Waco leaders hold Juneteenth parade, vaccine clinic

A Juneteenth parade in Waco.
A Juneteenth parade in Waco.(Rosemond Crown)
Updated: Jun. 19, 2021 at 2:41 PM CDT
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WACO, Texas (KWTX) - A crowd of people marched down Washington Avenue in Waco for the annual Juneteenth parade. The parade was hosted by the Central Texas African-American Chamber of Commerce. People and groups made their way through the city on foot, in cars and on horseback.

Organizers say although they have been holding the Juneteenth parade and celebrating Juneteenth for many years, it is more exciting this year because it is now a federal holiday.

Juneteenth commemorates the day on June 19, 1865 when Black slaves in Galveston finally learned that they were free two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation had been signed abolishing slavery.

In addition to the celebration and festivities Waco leaders said it was important to not forget about the COVID-19 pandemic that has disproportionately affected Black and brown communities.

The Waco-McLennan County Public Health District held a vaccine clinic in the middle of the celebrations at the Wilbert Austin Park. People could walk into the tent without an appointment to get a dose of the one-dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine.

Public health district leaders said in celebration of freedom and Juneteenth it’s important to increase vaccination rates within communities of color.

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