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Michael Jackson kids celebrate pop singer's birthday

August 29, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Michael Jackson's three children made a rare public appearance in Gary, Ind., over the weekend as the family celebrated what would have been the pop singer's 53rd birthday.

"I think that coming here and seeing our Dad's old house, and all the fans coming out, I think it's really sweet they did that," said Paris Jackson.

It wasn't that long ago the world watched as a 14-year-old Prince, 13-year-old Paris and 9-year-old Blanket bid farewell to their father.

This past weekend,, the children posed for pictures and signed autographs for fans during the town's three-day celebration.

"It's fun because Dad grew up here, and good to see it, the place where our dad grew up," Blanket Jackson said.

Michael Jackson's childhood home remains a beehive of activity, as throngs of fans pay tribute at the legend's stage.

The Jackson family said seeing the community and fans from everywhere honoring Michael makes them feel wonderful, and they vowed to keep his music, and his legacy, alive.

Paris said she would like her father to be remembered as "one of the greatest and nicest guys ever."