Emancipation Day Parade 2017 in Washington DC

Anacostia High School Marching Band

TripSavvy / Rachel Cooper 

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.

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Duke Ellington School for the Arts

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The Marching Band performs for the crowd at the Emancipation Day Parade.

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DC Vote

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DC Vote marches at the Emancipation Day Parade, calling for "Statehood for DC".

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Civil War Era Dress

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These ladies dress in Civil War era costumes for the Emancipation Day Parade.

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McKinley Tech Marching Band

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Many DC public and charter schools participate in the Emancipation Day Parade. Marching bands and dance groups entertain the crowd.

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DC Fire and Rescue

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DC Fire and Rescue squads participate in the Emancipation Day Parade in Washington DC.

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Dunbar High School

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Many DC public schools dance down Pennsylvania Avenue in the parade.

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Free DC! Statehood Now!

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The local organization strives to attain "Statehood" for the District of Columbia.

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Black Family Reunion

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The Black Family Reunion is an annual event that is held each fall on the National Mall. Members of the sponsoring organization participate in the Emancipation Day Parade.

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Colonial Re-enactors

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Colonial Re-enactors are fun to watch!

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Mickey and Minnie

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Pink Palace Entertainment participates in the parade with a variety of costumed characters.

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Miss UDC

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Miss University of the District of Columbia waves to the crowd.

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Canine Cop

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The National Museum of Crime and Punishment participates in the parade with its canine cop.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School

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The Emancipation Day Parade is a family friendly event and includes adults and kids of all ages.

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