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Thousands honor King at Kingdom Day Parade

Core-CA's double-decker bus rolls down the route along the 26th annual Kingdom Day Parade on Jan. 17, 2011.

January 17, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
As the nation honors the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., thousands of Southlanders paid tribute to him by attending the 26th annual Kingdom Day Parade in South Los Angeles on Monday.

More than 3,000 participants, including marching bands, drill teams and dance groups from various local schools participated in the parade themed, "Working together, we can make the dream come true."

ABC7's own Marc Brown, Michelle Tuzee, Leslie Sykes, Danny Romero, Ellen Leyva, David Ono and Leo Stallworth also participated in the parade.

The parade kicked off at 11 a.m. at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Western Avenue. The route headed west on King Boulevard and Western Avenue, rolled west to Crenshaw Boulevard then south to Vernon Avenue, where it concluded with a gospel festival in Leimert Park.

This year would have been the 82nd birthday of the slain civil rights leader.

Parade Grand Marshal Assemblyman Warren Furutani (D-Harbor Gateway) led the way at the top of the lengthy parade procession, waving to the thousands of Angelenos lining the route.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck, U.S. Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Los Angeles City Councilmember Janice Hahn and Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel also attended the event.

Parade goers were lavished with plenty of sunshine at this year's parade with temperatures in the 80s, a stark contrast from last year's cold, windy and rainy conditions.

City News Service contributed to this report.