Tarrant County celebrated Juneteenth with a parade under sunny skies Saturday morning, complete with the Dunbar High School drum corps, festive floats and more.
The parade took place in Forest Hill and traveled along Forest Hill Circle Drive before ending at the Tarrant County College South Campus.
Every weekend around June 19 in Texas, communities celebrate with prayer, family gatherings and a strong dose of history. That was the day in 1865 that a Union general arrived in Galveston with an order informing Texas that all slaves were freed
More events were scheduled for later Saturday and Sunday, including:
Empowering You Event
1-5 p.m. Saturday: Tarrant County College South Campus, 5301 Campus Drive, Fort Worth. Healthcare information and screenings, employment opportunities.
Festivities at McClendon Park in Mansfield
11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday: An event in Mansfield’s McClendon Park. The festivities will include games, music, bounce houses, bingo, dominoes and a history of the celebration and much more. Bring a side dish or dessert to share. 799 W. Broad St., Mansfield.
Bill Pickett Rodeo at Cowtown Coliseum
2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Sunday: Pawnee Bill’s Wild West Show at the Cowtown Coliseum, 121 E. Exchange Ave. in Fort Worth
Teen Choir Explosion
4-6 p.m. Sunday: Event aims to unite teens through music. Choir performs at the Tarrant County College South Rotunda Auditorium.
“The Last to Know” narrated by Opal Lee
7-9 p.m. Monday: Tarrant County College South Campus Performing Arts Center, 5301 Campus Drive, in Fort Worth. Documentary is about the history of Juneteenth and includes highlights of Opal Lee’s walking campaign to Washington, D.C.