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African American Festival Returns to Fremont Street

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LAS VEGAS -- Thousands of people are packing into the Fremont Street Experience celebrating the Tastes and Sounds of Soul Festival. The two day festival kicked off today and celebrates African American culture in Las Vegas.

Organizers say this festival is about more than just food and music.

"It's very important because this is Black History Month, even though we celebrate Black History very day, every minute of our lives because it's American history," said Kimberly Bailey Trueaud with Taste and Sounds of Soul.

Organizers expect between 15,000 and 20,000 people to show up by the end of the weekend. Close to 50 food vendors are at the festival with authentic southern food, and the festival has returned to the Fremont Street Experience after controversy last year.

Organizers were forced to hold it at a community center and they say it really hurt attendance. Now they have met with Fremont officials and settled their differences.

People at the festival say they like coming here because it's not just people from the African American community out here celebrating culture.

"It doesn't matter what ethnicity that the group is about, everybody likes to come out and enjoy themselves and of course you still have your visitors that come in," said Clyde Beale.

Organizers say the festival also gives a lot of African American-owned businesses exposure they need in this still tight economy. The festival goes on all day today and runs from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

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