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Emancipation Day Parade in Washington DC
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
Saturday, April 8, 2017 - 1-3 p.m. (Note, due to Easter the events have been moved up a week) The event is scheduled on the same day and will follow the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade.
The parade route starts at 800 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW and ends at the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW. Washington DC
See a Guide to More Emancipation Day Events in Washington DCContinue to 2 of 14 below.
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Duke Ellington School for the ArtsThe Marching Band performs for the crowd at the Emancipation Day Parade.Continue to 3 of 14 below.
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DC VoteDC Vote marches at the Emancipation Day Parade, calling for "Statehood for DC".Continue to 4 of 14 below.
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Civil War Era DressThese ladies dress in Civil War era costumes for the Emancipation Day Parade.Continue to 5 of 14 below.
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McKinley Tech Marching BandMany DC public and charter schools participate in the Emancipation Day Parade. Marching bands and dance groups entertain the crowd.Continue to 6 of 14 below.
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DC Fire and RescueDC Fire and Rescue squads participate in the Emancipation Day Parade in Washington DC.Continue to 7 of 14 below.
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Dunbar High SchoolMany DC public schools dance down Pennsylvania Avenue in the parade.Continue to 8 of 14 below.
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Free DC! Statehood Now!The local organization strives to attain "Statehood" for the District of Columbia.Continue to 9 of 14 below.
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Black Family ReunionThe 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.Continue to 10 of 14 below.
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Colonial Re-enactorsColonial Re-enactors are fun to watch!Continue to 11 of 14 below.
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Mickey and MinniePink Palace Entertainment participates in the parade with a variety of costumed characters.Continue to 12 of 14 below.
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Miss UDCMiss University of the District of Columbia waves to the crowd.Continue to 13 of 14 below.
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Canine CopThe National Museum of Crime and Punishment participates in the parade with its canine cop.Continue to 14 of 14 below.
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Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary SchoolThe Emancipation Day Parade is a family friendly event and includes adults and kids of all ages.