BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The largest African-American culture celebration on the East Coast has garnered nationally and locally known artists.

AFRAM 2022 is a two-day festival that coincides with Juneteenth, the commemoration of the emancipation of enslaved African-Americans in 1865 that officially became a federal holiday last year.

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The celebration brought big-name performers like Ne-Yo to Druid Hill Park on Saturday.

Pariz, the opening act, gave WJZ an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at his performance.

“It’s a blessing. I worked so hard to be the person I am right now,” Pariz said.

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For more than four years, he has been living his passion as a performer.

The hip-hop artist has toured several cities including Los Angeles, New York City and Jacksonville.

“I quit my job, my regular 9-5 and I just pursued this and just kept going.”

The festival celebrating African-American culture will span Druid Hill Park.

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WJZ is the proud media partner for AFRAM.

Cristina Mendez