THOUSANDS came out to cheer and participate in the 33rd annual Kingdom Day Parade in Los Angeles to celebrate the life and legacy of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.
Last Monday’s parade, which was organized under the theme: When They Go Low, We Go High,” weaved through the stretch of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard (after departing from Western Avenue) and Crenshaw Boulevard and ended at Leimart Park.
The theme was inspired by former First Lady Michelle Obama’s comment on how to deal with “someone who is cruel or acts like a bully” during a speech at the 2016 Democratic National Convention.
Sen. Kamala Harris, D-California, served as the grand marshal of the parade.
The parade was a mixed of protests, promotions of commercial and social advocacies, personal advertisements, government employees interactions with the public and group performances.
The parade included floats and contingents from the California Highway Patrol Group, the Los Angeles Sheriff Department, the LAPD Mounted Unit, the LA Unified School District marching band, upcoming science fantasy adventure film “A Wrinkle in Time”, the Cathedral City High School Ballet Folklorico Dance Group; and the Korea Eung HWA Dance Company
Volunteers, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Service Employees International Union (SEUI), Hare Krishna, New Orleans Jazz Band, churches and evangelical ministries and personalities from local TV and radio stations.
Also in the parade were Dodgers icons Derrel Thomas and Dennis Powell, World Boxing Council (WBC) super middleweight champion David Benavidez, former champions Timothy Bradley Jr. and Mike Weaver and 1984 Olympic gold medalist Henry Tillman.
LA Mayor Eric Garcetti was joined by other elected officials that included City Attorney Mike Feuer, County Sheriff Jim McDonnell, County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles), City Council President Herb Wesson and City Councilmen Marqueece Harris-Dawson and Curren Price.