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Parisians hold hands as they pray for young women and the community at the Juneteenth celebration on June 17, 2018.

The Juneteenth Celebration will roll into Paris on Saturday, with the theme of “Our unity is more Powerful than an atomic bomb by THEM,” according to organizer Yulanda Reeves.

Grand marshal for the parade is Jerkedain Brooks, a 7-year-old student at Justiss Elementary School.

“We chose Jerkedain because he had an unexplainable infection to his right lung that caused it to be completely removed March 2018,” Reeves said. “He has overcome all odds and survived four major surgeries, and we will be celebrating his one-year anniversary. He will have a lemonade stand at Leon Williams Park on Juneteenth to earn money to go to Sea World.”

The parade starts at 11 a.m., with registration and line-up at 10:30 a.m. A $5 fee will be charged to participate.

The route for the Juneteenth parade is from Martin Luther King Boulevard and 20th Street NE, down MLK, left on Fitzhugh, right on Tudor, left on 3rd Street NE, right on Lamar Avenue, right on 7th Street NW and on to Leon Williams Park. Awards will be given out for the floats.

After the parade, the celebration will start at the park, with DJ Treetop out of Dallas and DJ Behn from Paris.

Special performances will include a prayer circle, Larry Smooth Johnson, Mazzi, Maserati Kash and Babyface randy. The even will have a carnival theme and feature free hotdogs for children.

The celebration will feature several games, food stands and a scavenger hunt.

For information, call Reeves at 903-491-2122, Samantha Hughes at 469-735-7486 or Shatara Moore at 903-517-4636.

Kim Cox is the city editor for The Paris News. She can be reached at 903-785-6965 or at kim.cox@theparisnews.com.

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