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Emancipation Day Parade 2014 - Washington DC
Emancipation Day Parade - Washington DC

Anacostia High School Marching Band

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Emancipation Day is an official public holiday in Washington DC. It is celebrated with a parade, honoring the anniversary of the signing of the DC Compensated Emancipation Act, which freed 3,100 enslaved persons and ended slavery in DC on April 16, 1862. Public officials, schools and community groups come together for a family friendly event. Enjoy the following photos and get a glimpse of the parade.

Date and Time
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Parade Route
Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, between 3rd St. and 13 1/2 St.

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