This was the 24th year the Arklatex has celebrated black history with the African American History Parade. Crowds lined the sidewalks and streets of downtown Shreveport hoping to catch beads, candy and other trinkets. They also remembered how far they've come since their ancestors fought for equal rights.
"I think we as African Americans should think about what our ancestors went through to get us here this far," said Kelly Grant, parade captain.
It's an endeavor close to Grant's heart since she's been involved with it since she was only nine years old. Her ancestors endured a long, tough struggle for equal rights, and this parade celebrates that.
"Us as African Americans would not a be able to march, could not even read," said Grant.
Parade organizers were most excited about the community's youth getting involved and showing everyone how far they've come. Getting the younger generation out to the parade is a chance to teach and remind them of their past, present and future.
"Celebrate our culture and keep our heritage so people can always remember us," said Kennedy, parade participant.
"I'm proud of my family and we come from slavery and get where we are today," said Coby McGee, parade participant.
Lachundra Owens is another captain, and has a stong connection to the parade since one of her relatives was a founder 24 years ago.
"It started out as just a memory of the African american race and it means a lot to me because its close to home," said Owens.
Captain Grant is proud of how the parade grows every year.
"Right now we're making history. This is history. The young kids can say I marched here that year," said Grant.