Milwaukee commemorates Juneteenth Day with parade and festival

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by Marshanna Hester

MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee's 43rd Annual Juneteenth Day celebration is drawing large crowds for food, fun and fellowship. The festivities kicked off with a parade, and a plea from young people to stop the violence.

The message from young leaders got a large applause from those watching. Those at the street festival says this show of unity is one way to stand up and stop the killings in Milwaukee. So far this year 30 children have been struck by bullets in Milwaukee. 

June 19 is Juneteenth Day, commemorating the date federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas in 1865 to announce the end of the Civil War and enforce the end of slavery, more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation went into effect. 

Vendor booths, dancers, live entertainment and food will be available until 6 p.m.

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