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The Amarillo Juneteenth Parade takes place Saturday on Hughes Street

The Amarillo Juneteenth Parade takes place Saturday on Hughes Street

The Amarillo Juneteenth Parade takes place Saturday on Hughes Street

The annual Amarillo Juneteenth parade was held Saturday morning on Hughes Street in the North Heights community to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States. The grand marshals of the parade were Judge Thomas Jones and Tremaine Brown. After the parade, The Chat’s David Lovejoy and Chuck Williams served as masters of ceremonies at the celebration held in Bones Hooks Park.

Melodie Graves, president of the Amarillo NAACP and parade co-chair, spoke about this year’s Juneteenth Parade.

“This year’s parade was a resounding success with over 50 entries to participate in the parade,” Graves said. “We were here to have a good time. This was a celebration of all cultures. This has been a tradition in our community since I was a child, so getting them together and seeing the fruits of our labor makes me incredibly happy.”

Graves said seeing all these people come together to support the parade is a testament to a strong community. “I was delighted to see all these people of all colors, cultures and religions come together to celebrate freedom today,” she said. “That’s what Juneteenth is about. We grew like a parade every year with more and more people. Momentum gathered. People see this as a good thing and want to participate.”

She said diversity of participants should be what all city events strive for.

“That kind of diversity is what it’s all about; this is the American dream and what we all strive for,” Graves added.

Amarillo’s 2024 Juneteenth celebration officially kicked off with a pageant on June 9, and other events include an Empowerment Week June 17-22. Festivities continue in Amarillo this week with a special Juneteenth event: an unveiling of a historical marker honoring the park’s namesake at Bones Hooks Park on Wednesday. Look for featured content from this event in Sunday’s edition of the Globe-News and online at amarillo.com.

A Juneteenth banner leads the parade Saturday in the 2024 Amarillo Juneteenth Parade in Amarillo's North Heights community.A Juneteenth banner leads the parade Saturday in the 2024 Amarillo Juneteenth Parade in Amarillo's North Heights community.

A Juneteenth banner leads the parade Saturday in the 2024 Amarillo Juneteenth Parade in Amarillo’s North Heights community.

Parade marshal and 2023 Amarillo Globe-News Man of the Year Tremaine Brown greets the crowd Saturday at the Amarillo Juneteenth Parade in Amarillo's North Heights community.Parade marshal and 2023 Amarillo Globe-News Man of the Year Tremaine Brown greets the crowd Saturday at the Amarillo Juneteenth Parade in Amarillo's North Heights community.

Parade marshal and 2023 Amarillo Globe-News Man of the Year Tremaine Brown greets the crowd Saturday at the Amarillo Juneteenth Parade in Amarillo’s North Heights community.

Parade marshal and 2023 Amarillo Globe-News Man of the Year Tremaine Brown greets the crowd Saturday at the Amarillo Juneteenth Parade in Amarillo's North Heights community.Parade marshal and 2023 Amarillo Globe-News Man of the Year Tremaine Brown greets the crowd Saturday at the Amarillo Juneteenth Parade in Amarillo's North Heights community.

Parade marshal and 2023 Amarillo Globe-News Man of the Year Tremaine Brown greets the crowd Saturday at the Amarillo Juneteenth Parade in Amarillo’s North Heights community.

Amarillo's finest paves the way Saturday for the 2024 Amarillo Juneteenth Parade in Amarillo's North Heights community.Amarillo's finest paves the way Saturday for the 2024 Amarillo Juneteenth Parade in Amarillo's North Heights community.

Amarillo’s finest paves the way Saturday for the 2024 Amarillo Juneteenth Parade in Amarillo’s North Heights community.

A rider on a float waves to the crowd Saturday at the 2024 Amarillo Juneteenth Parade in Amarillo's North Heights community.A rider on a float waves to the crowd Saturday at the 2024 Amarillo Juneteenth Parade in Amarillo's North Heights community.

A rider on a float waves to the crowd Saturday at the 2024 Amarillo Juneteenth Parade in Amarillo’s North Heights community.

The GOTCHA Girls walk through the crowd Saturday at the 2024 Amarillo Juneteenth Parade in Amarillo's North Heights community.The GOTCHA Girls walk past the crowd Saturday at the 2024 Amarillo Juneteenth Parade in Amarillo's North Heights community.

The GOTCHA Girls walk through the crowd Saturday at the 2024 Amarillo Juneteenth Parade in Amarillo’s North Heights community.

A rider waves to the crowd Saturday at the 2024 Amarillo Juneteenth Parade in Amarillo's North Heights community.A rider waves to the crowd Saturday at the 2024 Amarillo Juneteenth Parade in Amarillo's North Heights community.

A rider waves to the crowd Saturday at the 2024 Amarillo Juneteenth Parade in Amarillo’s North Heights community.

Members of the Palo Duro High School football team walk past the crowd Saturday at the 2024 Amarillo Juneteenth Parade in Amarillo's North Heights community.Members of the Palo Duro High School football team walk past the crowd Saturday at the 2024 Amarillo Juneteenth Parade in Amarillo's North Heights community.

Members of the Palo Duro High School football team walk past the crowd Saturday at the 2024 Amarillo Juneteenth Parade in Amarillo’s North Heights community.

A float rolls past the crowd Saturday at the 2024 Amarillo Juneteenth Parade in Amarillo's North Heights community.A float rolls past the crowd Saturday at the 2024 Amarillo Juneteenth Parade in Amarillo's North Heights community.

A float rolls past the crowd Saturday at the 2024 Amarillo Juneteenth Parade in Amarillo’s North Heights community.

Parade members walk past the crowd Saturday at the 2024 Amarillo Juneteenth Parade in Amarillo's North Heights community.Parade members walk past the crowd Saturday at the 2024 Amarillo Juneteenth Parade in Amarillo's North Heights community.

Parade members walk past the crowd Saturday at the 2024 Amarillo Juneteenth Parade in Amarillo’s North Heights community.

The Lady Gators basketball team walks past the crowd Saturday at the 2024 Amarillo Juneteenth Parade in Amarillo's North Heights community.The Lady Gators basketball team walks past the crowd Saturday at the 2024 Amarillo Juneteenth Parade in Amarillo's North Heights community.

The Lady Gators basketball team walks past the crowd Saturday at the 2024 Amarillo Juneteenth Parade in Amarillo’s North Heights community.

Classic cars roll past the crowd Saturday at the 2024 Amarillo Juneteenth Parade in Amarillo's North Heights community.Classic cars roll past the crowd Saturday at the 2024 Amarillo Juneteenth Parade in Amarillo's North Heights community.

Classic cars roll past the crowd Saturday at the 2024 Amarillo Juneteenth Parade in Amarillo’s North Heights community.

Members of Markwell Lodge in the 2024 Amarillo Juneteenth parade in Amarillo's North Heights community on Saturday.Members of Markwell Lodge in the 2024 Amarillo Juneteenth parade in Amarillo's North Heights community on Saturday.

Members of Markwell Lodge in the 2024 Amarillo Juneteenth parade in Amarillo’s North Heights community on Saturday.

Potter County Commissioners Court Democratic candidate David Martinez greets the crowd Saturday at the 2024 Amarillo Juneteenth Parade in Amarillo's North Heights community.Potter County Commissioners Court Democratic candidate David Martinez greets the crowd Saturday at the 2024 Amarillo Juneteenth Parade in Amarillo's North Heights community.

Potter County Commissioners Court Democratic candidate David Martinez greets the crowd Saturday at the 2024 Amarillo Juneteenth Parade in Amarillo’s North Heights community.

A group entertains the crowd Saturday at the 2024 Amarillo Juneteenth Parade in Amarillo's North Heights community.A group entertains the crowd Saturday at the 2024 Amarillo Juneteenth Parade in Amarillo's North Heights community.

A group entertains the crowd Saturday at the 2024 Amarillo Juneteenth Parade in Amarillo’s North Heights community.

Children run for candy Saturday in the 2024 Amarillo Juneteenth Parade in Amarillo's North Heights community.Children run for candy Saturday in the 2024 Amarillo Juneteenth Parade in Amarillo's North Heights community.

Children run for candy Saturday in the 2024 Amarillo Juneteenth Parade in Amarillo’s North Heights community.

An ATV rider passes the crowd Saturday at the 2024 Amarillo Juneteenth Parade in Amarillo's North Heights community.An ATV rider passes the crowd Saturday at the 2024 Amarillo Juneteenth Parade in Amarillo's North Heights community.

An ATV rider passes the crowd Saturday at the 2024 Amarillo Juneteenth Parade in Amarillo’s North Heights community.

A young man hands out food Saturday at the 2024 Amarillo Juneteenth Parade in Amarillo's North Heights community.A young man hands out food Saturday at the 2024 Amarillo Juneteenth Parade in Amarillo's North Heights community.

A young man hands out food Saturday at the 2024 Amarillo Juneteenth Parade in Amarillo’s North Heights community.

Dancers entertain the crowd Saturday at the 2024 Amarillo Juneteenth Parade in Amarillo's North Heights community.Dancers entertain the crowd Saturday at the 2024 Amarillo Juneteenth Parade in Amarillo's North Heights community.

Dancers entertain the crowd Saturday at the 2024 Amarillo Juneteenth Parade in Amarillo’s North Heights community.

A float carrying the 2024 Miss Juneteenth pageant winners and pageant parades past the crowd Saturday in the 2024 Amarillo Juneteenth Parade.A float carrying the 2024 Miss Juneteenth pageant winners and pageant parades past the crowd Saturday in the 2024 Amarillo Juneteenth Parade.

A float carrying the 2024 Miss Juneteenth pageant winners and pageant parades past the crowd Saturday in the 2024 Amarillo Juneteenth Parade.

This article originally appeared on the Amarillo Globe-News: Amarillo Juneteenth Parade held in North Heights community on June 15