Juneteenth parade goes through Lansing

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LANSING, MI (WILX) - Juneteeth celebrations took place Saturday with a parade and a peace walk.

Hundreds of people of all ages filled the streets to join in the festivities.

This three-day event celebrates the announcement of the emancipation of slaves in the former confederate states on June 19th, 1865.

"What it means to me is that it is not just for African Americans, it is apart of the United States fabric of history and it's everybody's history. This is a diverse population in Lansing, particularly we have a lot of different nationalities, ethnicities, and so to bring the community to celebrate freedom for one and freedom for all is what this means to me," said Greta Mhaney.

Michigan became the 18th state to officially recognize Juneteenth as a holiday back in 2005.

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