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Photos: Somali Independence Day celebration in Twin Cities

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Kids and a camel
The Somali Independence Day festival Sunday, June 30, 2013 in Minneapolis included food, music and a camel -- a popular attraction among children. Officially July 1, Somali Independence Day commemorates the founding of the Republic of Somalia when it gained freedom from British and Italian rule in 1960. Minnesota is home to one of the largest Somali populations outside of Somalia.
MPR Photo/Nikki Tundel

Somalis in Minnesota commemorated Somali Independence Day this weekend as the 52nd anniversary of their country's struggle for independence.