By Associated Press - Saturday, May 23, 2015

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - Several thousand people gathered in downtown South Bend for a ceremony and fireworks kicking off weekend activities marking the city’s 150th anniversary.

The activities Friday night included the first public lighting of a light sculpture casting a variety of colors over the St. Joseph River. The crowd cheered and took photos as the lights around the Jefferson Boulevard Bridge constantly changed and shifted, casting a glow over the river rapids near the bridge.

The opening ceremony included a grand entry of members of the Pokagon (poh-KAY’-gun) Band of the Potawatomi tribe which lived in the area when white settlers arrived in the 1820s. That was followed by video presentations about the city’s history and songs from a 150-member community choir.

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