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.
Duke Ellington School for the Arts
The Marching Band performs for the crowd at the Emancipation Day Parade.
Civil War Era Dress
These ladies dress in Civil War era costumes for the Emancipation Day Parade.
McKinley Tech Marching Band
Many DC public and charter schools participate in the Emancipation Day Parade. Marching bands and dance groups entertain the crowd.
DC Fire and Rescue
DC Fire and Rescue squads participate in the Emancipation Day Parade in Washington DC.
Free DC! Statehood Now!
The local organization strives to attain "Statehood" for the District of Columbia.
Black Family Reunion
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.
Mickey and Minnie
Pink Palace Entertainment participates in the parade with a variety of costumed characters.
The National Museum of Crime and Punishment participates in the parade with its canine cop.
Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School
The Emancipation Day Parade is a family friendly event and includes adults and kids of all ages.