FLINT (WJRT) -
(06/19/14) - Flint's Juneteenth Extravaganza kicked off early Thursday afternoon at Riverbank Park.
People gathered for a day of music, food and activities all in celebration of the abolition of slavery in Texas in 1865.
This year's theme was about taking peaceful approaches in times of hardship.
"Our theme this year is that you know conflict happens. Combat is optional. And I want people to take that home and stew in it a little bit. And of course we always tell them that we are the children of those who chose to survive, and you can take strength from that in time of need," said Paul Herring Sr., of the Juneteenth Committee.
The extravaganza continues until 9:30 p.m. Thursday.