Philando Castile, photo via Facebook

ST. PAUL --  People attending the Rondo Days Parade in St. Paul are remembering a black man fatally shot by a suburban police officer.

The annual event Saturday fell on what would have been Philando Castile's 33rd birthday.

Thousands gathered peacefully for the parade celebrating the predominantly African-American neighborhood that was split by Interstate 94 in the 1960s. A brief prayer circle preceded the parade.

Activists also walked in the parade, holding signs with Castile's name as well as others shot by police.

After the parade, member of Castile's family handed out cupcakes and sang "Happy Birthday."

Castile was shot and killed earlier this month by a St. Anthony police officer during a traffic stop in nearby Falcon Heights. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating