Sierra Leonean Independence Day Parade & Cultural Program – New Jersey
The Sierra Leonean Community of New Jersey (SLCNJ) in partnership with Hamilton Street Business & Community Corporation (HSBCC) is hosting a day-long community celebration starting with a parade celebrating Sierra Leone’s 50th Independence Day and finishing with a cultural program on Saturday, April 23, 2011, noon to 7PM. Assemblyman Upendra J Chivukula and Freeholder Mohamed S. Jalloh (son of Mr. Ben Jalloh – a native of Kabala in the Northern region of Sierra Leone) have been chosen to serve as Grand Marshalls. Mr. Jalloh made history by being the first African American with Sierra Leonean roots to hold the position of Freeholder in Union County.
The festival will feature Sierra Leonean artistic exhibits, various ethnic group performances, children’s activities and ethnic foods. The goal is to showcase various aspects of African culture to the public. More than a thousand people are expected, including government officials, business executives, community leaders, foreign dignitaries, and cultural groups participating in this event. Eight percent of the population of Franklin Township is from Sierra Leone.
Over 1,000 attendees are expected.
Who: Sierra Leonean Community of New Jersey
What: Sierra Leonean Independence Day Parade & Cultural Program
When: Saturday, April 23, 2011
Time: Parade starts at Noon, Cultural Program at 2-7 pm
Where: Parade starts at from Highland Avenue to Hamilton St, Somerset NJ
Community event is at Naaman Williams Park at Matilda Ave., Somerset
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