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Joyous Juneteenth

Austin All Star Band

Austin’s Juneteenth Emancipation Day Parade brought joy to the participants and joy to the spectators.

A highlight of the parade was Austin’s own Austin All Star Band.

See a sample of unedited still images and a little unedited video. If you were there, relive the event; if you weren’t on the scene, make plans now to be there next year, for a uniquely Austin occasion.

Juneteenth parade 2015: a beautiful day!

Juneteenth 2015This was Year 150 for Juneteenth, and Austin turned out in great numbers to observe the occasion.

The Austin All Star Band is larger and sharper than ever. The Spirit of the Drum and Murchison Middle School were among the aggregations that provided music for the day. It was good to see children riding in the Wells Fargo stagecoach; some years it runs the course empty.

Politicos turned out in force, and volunteers were encouraging registration to vote. The weather, although threatening, cooperated; the downpour did not arrive until there’d been time to picnic.

See pictures and unedited videos for a hint of Juneteenth in Austin.

Juneteenth parade 2011

The weather was perfect for a perfect Juneteenth parade commemorating Emancipation Day.

Led off by the color guard depicted, which stepped lively to its own accompanying drum cadence, the procession included church groups, civic associations of many kinds, politicians galore, members of several riding clubs astride those beautiful gaited horses, the Spirit of the Drum percussion group, and our own Austin All Star Band.

The results of Saturday’s election seemed to be foreshadowed at the parade: one candidate rode inside a closed car and elicited no response from those lining the sidewalks; the other rode in an open car along with Sheryl Cole and Nelson Linder and was greeted enthusiastically.

We took up our customary viewing post across from the sign for the old Fresh Up Club. It’s easy to miss opportunities for photographs and videos, but there’s at least one (unedited) video of the All Star Band and also some extended views were captured along with glimpses of such sights as the Wells Fargo stagecoach, the H-E-B and Fiesta Mart floats, and handsome gaited horses in motion.

Juneteenth on parade

Austin Juneteenth 2009



Once again I failed to capture an image of the H-E-B giant shopping cart. Half the time the toy camera isn’t on when I think it is, and the same is true for the FlipCam. But it doesn’t matter. No pictures of any kind are ever truly needed to establish memories of this annual event. Many were the elected officials to be seen in the procession. Police Chief Acevedo walked the route distributing goodies to children along the way. My personal favorites, as always, were the kids playing music (the Austin All-Star Band was out in force) and the fancy-gaited horses, all beautifully groomed and seeming to enjoy showing off as much as we all loved seeing them. Additonal photographs and short videos have been uploaded. Although we marched down Chicon with the All-Star band, it can be seen that most of the time we kept quite close to the Fresh Up Club.

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