Michael Jackson's kids meet fans in Gary, Ind.

August 28, 2011 4:24:24 PM PDT
As Gary, Ind., celebrates what would have been Michael Jackson's 53rd birthday, his children got a glimpse of what their father's childhood was like.

The Jackson siblings made a rare public appearance in Gary this weekend with their grandmother Katherine Jackson and other relatives for the city's celebration of their father. Jackson's official birthday is Monday.

"We adjusted over the past years. And I think that coming here, seeing our dad's old house, and all the fans coming out, I think it is really sweet they did that," said Paris Jackson, Michael Jackson's daughter.

It wasn't long ago that the world watched as Prince, 14, Paris, 13, and Blanket, 9, bid farewell to their father. On Saturday night, the children posed for pictures and signed autographs for fans during the town's three-day celebration.

"It's good to see the place where our dad grew up," said Blanket Jackson, Michael Jackson's son.

Michael Jackson's childhood home at 2300 Jackson remains a beehive of activity as throngs of fans pay tribute at the legend's stage.

"I am happy for this type of a thing not only going on here, but going on all over the world," said Joe Jackson, Michael Jackson's father.

The Jackson family says seeing the community and fans from everywhere honoring Michael makes them feel wonderful as they vow to keep his music and his legacy.

When asked how she wants her father to be remembered, Paris Jackson said: "As one of the greatest and nicest guys ever."

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