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Louisville welcomes over 100 new U.S. citizens

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Nearly 150 people became American citizens in downtown Louisville, Friday.

The Louisville Free Public Library hosted a naturalization ceremony for citizenship candidates.

The candidates came from far and wide, with representatives from 48 countries around the world. Friday, however, they swore a promise before a judge to be loyal to the United States of America.

After they swore the oath and the ceremony concluded, many of the new citizens showed their enthusiasm by clapping, cheering and waving American flags.

Parth Patel, who is originally from India, said he was excited to become a U.S. citizen on his 21st birthday.

"I've been waiting for a long time. It's, like, five years," Patel said. "It's a pretty long time to wait for citizenship. I feel happy."

After the ceremony, the new citizens watched a welcome video from President Obama.

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