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Leon ‘DNas’ Sykes on 510 Day, Lake Merritt, and Oakland’s resilience

Cover picture for the articleSince 2016, Oaklanders have been coming together on May 10 to celebrate “510 Day”—an unofficial city holiday established to honor Oakland’s culture, and the people who make it thrive. Up until 2019, the block party was held at Lake Merritt across the street from the Cleveland Cascade staircase on Lakeshore Avenue. Then the pandemic happened, and like so many other events, the party turned digital.
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