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Sierra Leonean Independence Day Parade & Cultural Program – New Jersey

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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  • A m really looking forward to this great day. Sierra Leone independence day, sierra leaon has gain the independence day in 1961 but till now the country has not come together as one. This is the time we need to cume together as one and make your country sierra leone a nice place. We have all the minerals resources that we need to make your country a better place. For people like me we have live in oversea for a very long time now and we know what the white people do to make their country and even the ladders and government do to develope their country. As a sierre leoana i just want to say that the ladders in sierra leone have to stand strong to work in progress in making your country, we also have to work togerther as one to develop your country. The president Ernest Bai Koroma or any other president that is coming in power for the next election have to make your country the best place in the world and for people to visite your country. So please let this your country sierra leone a good country so when we return we will lokking and say that country has inprove.


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