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June 9, 2013 at 8:25 PM

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Reason to celebrate


ERIKA SCHULTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Hollywood St. James, also known as Hollywood the Magic Chef, blows bubbles at the Juneteenth International Festival at Seattle's Pratt Park on Sunday. St. James planned to share his talents as a musician at the festival, which also featured food, booths, music and a variety of entertainment. Juneteenth, which is also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, marks the announcement on June 19, 1865, of the abolition of slavery in the United States.

ERIKA SCHULTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

A small crowd, including Mary Keys, center, sings, claps and plays tambourines during a musical performance at the festival. The three-day festival closed Sunday and was geared toward the church community on its final day, said Maynard Sopher, New Birth Ministries pastor and one of the organizers of the event. "It's about love, joy and unity," Sopher said. Keys recently released a gospel album.

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