Electra Celebrates Black Independence

By Jessica Bruno

Published 06/21 2014 05:20PM

Updated 06/21 2014 10:47PM

Tens of thousands of Americans are using this day to celebrate their freedom.

That includes hundreds of people in Electra where the annual Juneteenth celebration took place.

There was a parade of course along with a pie eating contest, basketball tournament and plenty of food.

Organizers say this is an important day for African American communities everywhere.

"Juneteenth is when the slaves were freed two years later by General Granger. And that's what we're celebrating today," Durwin Simmons, Juneteenth Celebration announcer, says.

Organizers say they hope to promote cultural diversity through the parade.

Juneteenth is the day Texans celebrate freedom from slavery.

It's celebrated on June 19th each year.

Even though slaves were freed in 1863, Texas was not notified until two years later in 1865.

This is the second year Electra hosted their Juneteenth parade.

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