Grand Marshall Stella Antley waves to the crowd as the Gastonia Ebony Fest Juneteenth Festival started with a parade along Main Avenue Saturday, June 15, 2024.

Grand Marshall Stella Antley waves to the crowd as the Gastonia Ebony Fest Juneteenth Festival started with a parade along Main Avenue Saturday, June 15, 2024.

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Mikey Pryor cooks turkey legs at the Tony T’zzz tent during the annual Belmont Juneteenth Celebration held Saturday afternoon, June 15, 2024, at Stowe Park in Belmont.

Mikey Pryor cooks turkey legs at the Tony T’zzz tent during the annual Belmont Juneteenth Celebration held Saturday afternoon, June 15, 2024, at Stowe Park in Belmont.

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The Gastonia Ebony Fest Juneteenth Festival started with a parade along Main Avenue Saturday, June 15, 2024.

The Gastonia Ebony Fest Juneteenth Festival started with a parade along Main Avenue Saturday, June 15, 2024.

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The annual Belmont Juneteenth Celebration was held Saturday afternoon, June 15, 2024, at Stowe Park in Belmont.

The annual Belmont Juneteenth Celebration was held Saturday afternoon, June 15, 2024, at Stowe Park in Belmont.

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Victoria Elliott checks out the BBQ ribs during the annual Belmont Juneteenth Celebration held Saturday afternoon, June 15, 2024, at Stowe Park in Belmont.

Victoria Elliott checks out the BBQ ribs during the annual Belmont Juneteenth Celebration held Saturday afternoon, June 15, 2024, at Stowe Park in Belmont.

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The Gastonia Ebony Fest Juneteenth Festival started with a parade along Main Avenue Saturday, June 15, 2024.

The Gastonia Ebony Fest Juneteenth Festival started with a parade along Main Avenue Saturday, June 15, 2024.

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Destiny Jones finds a shady spot where she can paint with her dog “Ani” during the annual Belmont Juneteenth Celebration held Saturday afternoon, June 15, 2024, at Stowe Park in Belmont.

Destiny Jones finds a shady spot where she can paint with her dog “Ani” during the annual Belmont Juneteenth Celebration held Saturday afternoon, June 15, 2024, at Stowe Park in Belmont.

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Mrs. Black International Ambassador 2023 Mallory Foxx waves with her daughter Zyire Foxx as the Gastonia Ebony Fest Juneteenth Festival started with a parade along Main Avenue Saturday, June 15, 2024.

Mrs. Black International Ambassador 2023 Mallory Foxx waves with her daughter Zyire Foxx as the Gastonia Ebony Fest Juneteenth Festival started with a parade along Main Avenue Saturday, June 15, 2024.

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Gastonia Mayor Richard Franks waves to the people as the Gastonia Ebony Fest Juneteenth Festival started with a parade along Main Avenue Saturday, June 15, 2024.

Gastonia Mayor Richard Franks waves to the people as the Gastonia Ebony Fest Juneteenth Festival started with a parade along Main Avenue Saturday, June 15, 2024.

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The Gastonia Ebony Fest Juneteenth Festival started with a parade along Main Avenue Saturday, June 15, 2024.

The Gastonia Ebony Fest Juneteenth Festival started with a parade along Main Avenue Saturday, June 15, 2024.

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Deborah Lockhart, Pamela Alhaffan, E. Loretta Means and LaVaughn Littlejohn pose outside their booth during the annual Juneteenth Celebration held Saturday afternoon, June 15, 2024, at Stowe Park in Belmont.

Deborah Lockhart, Pamela Alhaffan, E. Loretta Means and LaVaughn Littlejohn pose outside their booth during the annual Juneteenth Celebration held Saturday afternoon, June 15, 2024, at Stowe Park in Belmont.

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The Gastonia Ebony Fest Juneteenth Festival started with a parade along Main Avenue Saturday, June 15, 2024.

The Gastonia Ebony Fest Juneteenth Festival started with a parade along Main Avenue Saturday, June 15, 2024.

Mike Hensdill/USA TODAY NETWORK

The Gastonia Ebony Fest Juneteenth Festival started with a parade along Main Avenue Saturday, June 15, 2024.

The Gastonia Ebony Fest Juneteenth Festival started with a parade along Main Avenue Saturday, June 15, 2024.

Mike Hensdill/USA TODAY NETWORK

The Gastonia Ebony Fest Juneteenth Festival started with a parade along Main Avenue Saturday, June 15, 2024.

The Gastonia Ebony Fest Juneteenth Festival started with a parade along Main Avenue Saturday, June 15, 2024.

Mike Hensdill/USA TODAY NETWORK

The Gastonia Ebony Fest Juneteenth Festival started with a parade along Main Avenue Saturday, June 15, 2024.

The Gastonia Ebony Fest Juneteenth Festival started with a parade along Main Avenue Saturday, June 15, 2024.

Mike Hensdill/USA TODAY NETWORK