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Thousands to celebrate Somali Independence Day in Minneapolis

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MINNEAPOLIS — 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.

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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.

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