WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — The District of Columbia’s Emancipation Day parade went on as planned a day after two bombs exploded in Boston near the finish line of the city’s marathon.
Tuesday is a holiday in Washington commemorating the day in 1862 that President Abraham Lincoln signed the D.C. Compensated Emancipation Act. The act ended slavery in the city.
Spectators at Tuesday’s parade said they were aware of the Boston bombing but that it didn’t stop them from attending the parade. A few noted the police presence that included officers on foot as well as vehicles with flashing lights.
Massachusetts resident Anthony Scibelli, a three-time Boston Marathon runner, was among the spectators. Scibelli said he felt it was important to attend the parade. His wife, Michelle Scibelli, said the Boston bombing was “a nightmare.”