Juneteenth parade, celebration set for Saturday

Kilgore Legacy Foundation's fourth annual parade will begin at 10 a.m. with a celebration following at Kilgore City Park.

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The Kilgore Legacy Foundation will host its fourth annual Juneteenth Parade and Celebration Saturday.

The parade will follow the same route as previous years, but with 60-plus floats, the set up will begin on Lawrence Street before setting off along Main Street at 10 a.m.

After Main Street, the parade will turn up North Kilgore Street and then down Kay Street.

This year’s Juneteenth Queen will be joined by Kilgore’s first Juneteenth King. Both Ciera Ford and Devonte Doss will be featured in the parade as this year’s queen and king after the two were selected as this year’s scholarship recipients during the foundation’s annual Red and Black Ball in March. Each year, the foundation holds an essay contest in which high school seniors and college students may enter with an essay on the topic of “What Juneteenth Means to Me.”

Ford and Doss received $750 scholarship each and will be featured in the parade.

Just as previous years, the parade will end at Kilgore City Park where the celebration will begin at 11 a.m., immediately following the parade.

The celebration in the park will include entertainment and vendors for children, adults and families. All of the money raised during the event will go toward the Kilgore Legacy Foundation’s college scholarships – presented during the group’s annual Red and Black Ball each spring – and to help children in the community throughout the year.

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