A four-day celebration of African-American culture kicked off Thursday in Downtown Knoxville.

The 25th annual Kuumba Festival started with a lunch in Krutch Park Thursday afternoon along with dancing, storytelling and musical performances. The traditional parade begins at 6 o'clock Friday night on Cumberland Avenue.

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The word "kuumba" is Swahili for "creative."

The festival runs through Sunday.

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