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Birthday party for North Miami, now a nonagenarian

North Miami kicked off its year-long birthday celebration in February by honoring its 90-year-old residents.
North Miami kicked off its year-long birthday celebration in February by honoring its 90-year-old residents. Miami Herald Staff

North Miami, which is holding a year-long celebration of the 90th anniversary of its incorporation, will host a festival Saturday with food, music and giveaways, carnival games, arts and crafts, a rock-climbing wall, face painting and more.

The festival will start at 2 p.m. Saturday at the MOCA Plaza, 770 NE 125th St. The festival will serve as a way to celebrate the cultures the city has cultivated over the years.

The city began its anniversary celebration in February by cutting a cake and holding a ceremony honoring 90-year-old residents.

The city’s roots go back to the late 19th century, when residents of Elmira, New York, arrived in the area around the Arch Creek Natural Bridge, a long-time Indian settlement.

The city was incorporated on Feb. 5, 1926 as the Town of Miami Shores, and later that year issued bonds to build a city hall, according to the city’s website. Five years later, when the Legislature approved a development on the town’s southern boundary called the Village of Miami Shores, the town changed its name to the Town of North Miami, and finally in 1953, to the City of North Miami.

Information: northmiamifl.gov/celebrate.

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