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Kingdom Day Parade celebrates Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy

Thousands celebrated the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the 29th annual Kingdom Day Parade Monday.
January 20, 2014 12:00:00 AM PST
Thousands of participants lined the streets of South Los Angeles to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday.

The 29th annual Kingdom Day Parade was the nation's largest celebration honoring the late civil rights leader on his birthday. The theme of this year's parade was "Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Us 'Round."

Marching bands, drill teams, dance groups and equestrian units took part in the nation's oldest King Day celebration.

The festivities celebrating the slain civil rights leader kicked off at 11 a.m. at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Western Avenue.

From there, it rolled west along King Boulevard before heading south onto Crenshaw Boulevard. It then marched down Crenshaw to Vernon Avenue, where the parade ended with a gospel festival in Leimert Park. The event also featured food booths and fun things to do for the entire family.

ABC7 anchors Leslie Sykes and Michelle Tuzee hosted the parade coverage, with Q McCray and Danny Romero along the route talking to excited spectators.

Eyewitness News anchors Marc Brown, Ellen Leyva, Phillip Palmer and Alysha Del Valle also rode in the parade.

This year's parade marked the 45th anniversary of King's assassination.


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