From the better-late-than-never department…
June 13, 2009. A Saturday threatened by rain, but full of barbecue, black history remembrance and a brass-band parade. The celebration took place near the historic Quindaro neighborhood. Traffic ogled eastward from State Avenue as the parade marched parallel down Washington Boulevard at 10th Street.
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From the start, I was impressed by sights and smells. Barbecue contestants were flaunting their wares through the air. By 10 a.m., I was ravenous. But first, check out how the sign was constructed: