Emancipation Day Parade 2017 in Washington DC

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    Emancipation Day Parade in Washington DC

    ••• Anacostia High School Marching Band. © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    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. 

    Parade Route
    The parade route starts at 800 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW and ends at the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW. Washington DC

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    Duke Ellington School for the Arts

    ••• Duke Ellington School for the Arts. © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.
    The Marching Band performs for the crowd at the Emancipation Day Parade.
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    DC Vote

    ••• DC Vote. © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.
    DC Vote marches at the Emancipation Day Parade, calling for "Statehood for DC".
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    Civil War Era Dress

    ••• Civil War Era Dress. © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.
    These ladies dress in Civil War era costumes for the Emancipation Day Parade.
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    McKinley Tech Marching Band

    ••• McKinley Tech Marching Band. © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.
    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

    ••• DC Fire and Rescue. © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.
    DC Fire and Rescue squads participate in the Emancipation Day Parade in Washington DC.
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    Dunbar High School

    ••• Dunbar High School. © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.
    Many DC public schools dance down Pennsylvania Avenue in the parade.
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    Free DC! Statehood Now!

    ••• Free DC! Statehood Now!. © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.
    The local organization strives to attain "Statehood" for the District of Columbia.
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    Black Family Reunion

    ••• Black Family Reunion. © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.
    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

    ••• Colonial Re-enactors. © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.
    Colonial Re-enactors are fun to watch!
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    Mickey and Minnie

    ••• Mickey and Minnie. © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.
    Pink Palace Entertainment participates in the parade with a variety of costumed characters.
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    Miss UDC

    ••• Miss University of the District of Columbia. © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.
    Miss University of the District of Columbia waves to the crowd.
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    Canine Cop

    ••• Canine Cop. © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.
    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

    ••• Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School. © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.
    The Emancipation Day Parade is a family friendly event and includes adults and kids of all ages.