• Juneteenth parade

    As the first band beat its drums and dancers moved effortlessly down Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard on Saturday morning, sleepy bystanders who came to celebrate at the annual Juneteenth parade were suddenly on their feet. Juneteenth – the celebration of the abolition of slavery in Texas was celebrated with an annual parade Saturday morning. Thousands of East Austin community members lined Chicon Street to observe the holiday and to celebrate African-American culture and heritage. In addition to the marching bands, local business, politicians and even a riding club were part of the parade. Parade watchers included those who have been to every Juneteenth parade in East Austin and many smaller members of the community who were taking in the festivities for the first time with wide-eyes.


  • Wild Art

    Families walk through the Blanton Museum while attending the Blanton Summer Family Days’ Art Lab on Thursday Morning.

    Horticulturist Mick Vann takes a break outside of the University of Texas Greenhouse on Thursday morning.

    Families spend Thursday evening playing on Butler Park’s Doug Sahm Hill.

  • Graffiti Connection

    Jeremy Galloway, a local street artist, looks over the early phases of his art piece on Castle Hill on Tuesday afternoon.

  • Human Towers

    Castells, human towers, are one of the richest traditions in Catalonian culture. Castells ("castles" in Catalan) originated in the town of Valls in the 18th century and are traditionally built during festivals in Catalonia. All castellers wear a faixa (sash) which is used for back support and to help other castellers climb up and down the tower. Many teams in Catalonia gather on Sundays to practice and perform for locals and tourists during the summer.

  • Scenes from Spain

    Passersby walk through a group of pigeons at Plaza Cataluyna in Barcelona, Spain.

    A boy plays at Placa de la Vila in Vilanova i la Geltrú, Spain.

    Editor's Note: Senior photographer Chelsea Purgahn is studying abroad in Barcelona, Spain for the summer and will be intermittently reporting interesting scenes she encounters during her trip.