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The annual day to celebrate Los Angeles and it’s unique diversity took place last week with a slew of high-profile attendees, including former President Bill Clinton, Ryan Seacrest, Wanda Sykes, Stevie Wonder, and more.
The festivities took place on Friday at City Hall and have been called “L.A.’s ultimate block party.” This year’s event was slightly different than other years, as it was as much about celebrating Los Angeles’ diversity as it was a farewell party for Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
Former President Bill Clinton spoke at the event and praised the mayor’s eight years in office, saying, “He looked at this as a job. Yes there are times like this, times of celebration. But the mayor never forgot that it was a job. He was faithful to the oath he swore to serve the city and the city, the state and the nation are better off for it.”
Villaraigosa also spoke to the crowd and said, “I want to thank you for the honor you gave me of being your mayor. This has been an opportunity of a lifetime.”
Ryan Seacrest was the master of ceremonies for the event. Food and drink were provided in a sealed off VIP area that is estimated to include approximately 400 invited guests, according to The Huffington Post.
The event was free to the public and partly paid for by private donors.