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
Ka Joog says it welcomes all Minnesotans to celebrate alongside Somali-Americans.