Red Sodas Are a Mainstay at Texas Celebrations Red soda water is as much a part of the Juneteenth celebration as are parades and barbecue. Tuesday is the Texas holiday that celebrates the liberation of black American slaves in Texas on June 19, 1865.
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Red Sodas Are a Mainstay at Texas Celebrations

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Red Sodas Are a Mainstay at Texas Celebrations

Red Sodas Are a Mainstay at Texas Celebrations

Red Sodas Are a Mainstay at Texas Celebrations

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Juneteenth is the holiday that celebrates the liberation of black American slaves in Texas on June 19,1865.

There are parades, exhibitions and of course, the annual barbeque. The menu is important: barbequed meat, watermelon, a dizzying array of pies and cakes. It is all washed down with the Juneteenth tradition beverage: red soda water.

But what is in that stuff, anyway?