Juneteenth parades, festivals held across Bridgeport

From the Juneteenth Parade and festival at Seaside Park, to a number of smaller celebrations all across Bridgeport, people are marking the milestone with smiles on their faces.

News 12 Staff

Jun 19, 2021, 4:49 PM

Updated 1,034 days ago

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People across Bridgeport are celebrating Juneteenth today.
One June 19, 1865, Union Army General Gordon Granger proclaimed the freedom of enslaved people in Texas.
Texas was the most remote of all the slave states, so it took the longest time for word to reach people there, who, until that moment, thought their slavery was still a matter of law.
Juneteenth is meant to honor that historic proclamation.
President Joe Biden signed the Juneteenth Bill on Thursday, making today the first time it is being observed as a federal holiday.
From the Juneteenth Parade and festival at Seaside Park, to a number of smaller celebrations all across Bridgeport, people are marking the milestone with smiles on their faces.
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