Cincinnati prepares for world singing event

Downtown Cincinnati should be alive with the sound of singing a month from now.

The World Choir Games will begin July 4, with some 15,000 participants from 60 countries competing.

It's the first time the event is being held in the United States.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that organizers are busy with numerous final details, from finalizing competition schedules to training downtown workers and police to work with many different ethnicities.

They also hope to raise the last $1 million needed for the $10 million event.

The event is organized in two five-day festivals, with opening and closing ceremonies in the U.S. Bank Arena on the Ohio riverfront.

Gospel singing star Kirk Franklin is among those who will be part of festivities.

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