MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) – The annual Juneteenth festival drew a large crowd to downtown Meridian Saturday. This year’s festival started off with a parade that rolled through 23rd Avenue.
Alyce Loyd said she was excited to see so many people celebrating Juneteenth.
“It brings awareness that this type of history is important for everybody,” Loyd said. “It’s not just history for one type of population, It’s something we all need to know.”
Juneteenth is considered the oldest celebration for the end of slavery in The United States.
Festival goer Will Nathan considers it important that people know this history.
“I heard the little kids asking about Juneteenth so it’s all about the spirit of promoting it,” Nathan said.
The celebration started around 4 and is expected to end at midnight.