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Web Extra: North Omaha celebrates annual Juneteenth Parade

Posted at 2:25 PM, Jun 16, 2019

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — The annual NAACP Juneteenth Parade was held in North Omaha on Saturday, commemorating freedom from slavery and celebrating heritage.

On June 19th, 1865, Union General Gordon Granger traveled to Galveston, TX with the announcement that granted freedom to America's last remaining slaves.

The day is celebrated across the United States each year, giving communities the chance to reflect on this dark part of our nation's history while remembering the courage of slaves who fought for freedom.

Hosted by the Omaha NAACP Juneteenth Committee, the parade marched from 30th & Lake to 30th & Sprague Streets.

"It shows a positive part of our neighborhood," said Florence Brown, a regular Juneteenth Parade atendee. "I was born and raised here in North Omaha just down the street."

From dancing to drum lines, the parade brought many to North Omaha. Organizations handed out treats to kids, displaying unity and pride in where they live.

"I'm always really tired of seeing the negative part of our community," said Brown. "We have a lot of beautiful people here and I think this helps us to show a light of what we really are."