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Philadelphia celebrate june with parade, entertainment

The official June parade in Philadelphia started off without a hitch as generations young and old alike came together to celebrate.

“I sparkle and shine in the name of freedom, liberation and everything connected with it!” exclaimed Grand Marshall, actress Sheryl Lee Ralph.

She wasn’t the only one who brought energy to a beautiful day in Philadelphia. The city hosted an official parade with hundreds of different groups from all over the city, marking the significance of June 19th.

“We are celebrating because in 1865 the last of the enslaved people were told that they were free. The fact is that they were free for two years, but no one told them, ”Ralph explained.

Katherine Hicks is President of the Philadelphia chapter of the NAACP. She was at the parade with her granddaughters, which was an important and special moment for her. “This is amazing! I think it’s so important. We have a group of people here representing the NAACP, so we’re just proud to be going to this parade today to represent African American heritage on our emancipation day.”

The parade ended at Malcolm X Park, where vendors and performers gathered to continue the celebration.

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