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Durham to Hold Citywide Celebration in June

Posted May 22, 2007 4:02 p.m. EDT

— Durham is in the middle of major renaissance downtown with several projects in the works. On Tuesday, Mayor Bill Bill announced a citywide celebration to recognize the changes.

The "Durham Rising" party and parade will be held in June at the new downtown plaza. The city has spent about $13 million on a streetscape project that covered two miles of roads and four city blocks.

City crews planted 220 trees, laid 60,000 square yards of brick and put in 4,300 square yards of stamped concrete in street intersections. They said the project took more than a year, and they are now putting together the finishing touches.

The party starts June 23 at 6 p.m., with pre-event entertainment starting at 4 p.m. It will also include a "people's procession" through downtown Durham. Russell Thompkins Jr. and the New Stylistics will be the featured performer. A fireworks display will cap off the event.