Two Parades to Honor Martin Luther King Jr.

mlk paradeMonday January 18, is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. On Memorial Day we BBQ, and on President’s Day we shop. MLK Day is all about the parades. And volunteering, of course. Find a volunteer opportunity to make Monday a day “on” instead of a day “off” at LA Works. But volunteering doesn’t mean you have to miss the parades.

The 31st Annual Kingdom Day Parade in South LA features floats, celebrities, beauty queens, bands, and our favorite – drill teams. According to President and CEO of 31st Annual Kingdom Day Parade Dr. Adrian Dove, “We will have three equestrian units participating as well as over a dozen drill teams, six high school bands, a dozen floats, several drum lines, and dancing units from Brazil, Korea, the Caribbean, and New Orleans.” (The Sentinel). The parade annually draws over 250,000 spectators each year. The parade starts on MLK and Western, and travels to Crenshaw and Vernon. The theme this year is “Our Work Is Not Yet Done.” 11am January 18, 2016. at 10:15 a.m. It will be aired from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on ABC Channel 7.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Park. will be the site of Long Beach’s 28th annual Martin Luther King, Jr Peace & Unity Parade and Celebration. The celebration  with carnival rides, and a variety of booths starting at noon on Saturday, January 16, 2016.  The parade will start at the intersection of Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue and Anaheim Street at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. The route proceeds North on Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue. The procession turns  right on 19th Street and left on Lemon Avenue. There is free parking at Long Beach City College, Orange Avenue and Pacific Coast Highway with shuttle buses.

Photo by NoHo Damon via Flickr

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