Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day in LA with a Parade, Festivals and Free Cake!

Inglewood High Drill Team smiling through the rain. Photo by NoHoDamon.

Inglewood High Drill Team smiling through the rain. Photo by NoHoDamon.


On Monday, the 32nd annual Kingdom Day Parade will once again travel down MLK Jr. and Crenshaw in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday. The parade features marching bands, floats, equestrian units, celebrities, beauty queens, dance units, drum lines and our favorite – drill teams. The theme this year is “Now More Than Ever, We All Must Work Together.”

Claim your spot by 9am. The parade starts at 10am. Grandstand seating is available on the website. ABC7 will air a portion of the parade live from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and a video of the entire event will be made available in a couple of weeks at the Kingdom Day website.


The Martin Luther King Jr. Festival at Leimert Park Village will run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event, presented by The City of Los Angeles, will feature food trucks, live music and art installations. (If the Shabazz Good Foods Truck is there, we recommend you get some fried snapper and pineapple cream pie). The primary focus of the day will be on advocacy and organizing, with the theme “Love Trumps Hate.”


From 11 a.m. until 4 p.m, the California African American Museum in Exposition Park will host a community celebration at their annual open house. The event features live music, special programs and activities, music by DJ Melquan J Williams, food, birthday cake, documentary films on King and a a marathon reading of MLK speeches. All of the museum’s exhibitions will be open to the public with free entry.

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Born and raised in the great city of Los Angeles, this food, culture and music-loving punk rock angeleno wants to turn you on to all that is funky, delicious and weird in the city. While Elise holds down the fort, her adventurous alter ego Kiki Maraschino is known to roam the country in search of catfish.
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