Thousands Celebrate Somali Independence Day

Updated: 06/30/2013 7:49 PM By: Leslie Dyste

Thousands of people are expected in Minneapolis on Sunday for this year's Somali Independence Day festival.
Organizers say the event is designed to celebrate Somalia's independence, and also pay homage to the United States - the country that gave refugees a chance at a new life.
Sunday's event is being held from 1 to 9 p.m. on Lake Street, between Blaisdell and Pleasant Avenues, near the Somali Mall.
It features live music, artists, authentic Somali food and other attractions. Several dignitaries are also expected to speak at the event.
The festival is hosted by Ka Joog, a nonprofit group that helps enrich lives of Somali-American youth through arts and education.
Ka Joog says it welcomes all Minnesotans to celebrate alongside Somali-Americans.

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