Celebrating Somali Independence Day 28 Jun 13

 

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Thousands of people are expected to flock to

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 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

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.