MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Thousands of people are expected to flock to
Minneapolis on Sunday for this year’s Somali Independence Day
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 will be held from 1 to 9 p.m. on Lake Street, between
Blaisdell and Pleasant Avenues, near the Somali Mall.
It will feature live music, artists, authentic Somali food and other
attractions. Several dignitaries are also expected to speak at the
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