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BOISE -- It was a party 150 years in the making, as the City of Boise celebrated its sesqui-centennial with a Boise 150 sesqui-party Sunday in Julia Davis Park.

Boise was established back in 1863. While there are events honoring the sesquicentennial all year long, this was the big party. It featured exhbitions of the music, art, food, and culture that make this city great.

The Boise 150 is a chance to deepen our relationship with our city to learn more, said Boise Mayor Dave Bieter. But most of all today, to celebrate that we're all here at this time.

The party featured dancing and music from some of Boise's best bands. There was plenty of food and drink from the City of Trees' chefs and brewers. There was also a classic car show, cultural booths, and events celebrating Boise's 150 years, like a vintage fashion show.

This 150th allows us to celebrate where we've been, and to think about where we're headed, said Bieter.

It was a celebration of the city of Boise, by the people that make it great.

That's what happens to us. We come here, and it gets into our DNA, and we don't want to leave, said Bieter. We want to stay and make it better, and we want to make it better for our children and their children just like my parents did for me. That's what this is all about to live in the city of Boise.

But, the Boise 150 celebration doesn't end with Sunday's party. Throughout the rest of the year, there will be special performances, storytelling events, hands-on history exhibits and talks about the past, present and future of Idaho's capital city. They're all listed on the Boise 150 website.

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