Hop on the Blue Line for Festive M. L. King, Jr. Day Parade

Lakewood Marching Band members show their spirit at Long Beach's annual M. L. King, Jr. Day Parade.

Lakewood Marching Band members show their spirit at Long Beach’s annual M. L. King, Jr. Day Parade.

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Celebrate Community and History at the Long Beach M. L. King, Jr. Day Parade Saturday, January 19, 2013.

marchers holding peach signs celebrate at Long Beach's annual M. L. King, Jr. Day Parade

Supporters of Interfaith Project of Interval Housing celebrate at Long Beach’s annual M. L. King, Jr. Day Parade.

(Note: The annual Kingdom Day Parade will also be held Saturday, January 19, 2013.)
Congresswoman Laura Richardson joins the celebration at Long Beach's annual M. L. King, Jr. Day Parade.

Former Congresswoman Laura Richardson joins the celebration at Long Beach’s annual M. L. King, Jr. Day Parade.

A festivity filled with community pride, the Long Beach M. L. King, Jr. Day Parade will feature marching bands and school groups, union members, politicians, police and military, and citizens, all joyfully honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

We love this parade. It is great fun, with something for everyone — from cheerleaders to vintage cars — followed by a great community festival with free entertainment and a variety of delish food at reasonable prices.

The parade marches along Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue ending at the party in Martin Luther King, Jr. Park. The parade starts at 10:30 a.m., and the festival runs from 12:30 – 5 p.m.

The Blue Line Pacific Coast Highway Metro Station is 0.8 mile from M. L. King, Jr. Park in Long Beach.

 The Long Beach  M. L. King, Jr. Day route (blue) travels along Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue, from Anaheim Street to Martin Luther King, Jr. Park. The closest Metro Blue Line Stations are  Pacific Coast Highway (1798 N. Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach) and Anaheim (1290 N. Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach). It is .8 mile from the PCH Station to the park.

The Long Beach M. L. King, Jr. Day route (in blue) travels along Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue from Anaheim Street to Martin Luther King, Jr. Park. The closest Metro Blue Line Stations are Pacific Coast Highway (1798 N. Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach) and Anaheim (1290 N. Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach). It is 0.8 mile from the PCH Station to the park.

Lakewood Marching Band members serenade the crowds at Long Beach's annual M. L. King, Jr. Day Parade.

Lakewood Marching Band serenades the crowds at Long Beach’s annual M. L. King, Jr. Day Parade.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is actually Monday, January 21, 2013. This year, the holiday corresponds with the second-term Inauguration Day for the nation’s first African-American President, Barack Obama. In 1983, President Ronald Reagan made Dr. King’s birthday a national holiday to celebrate the life and work of the civil rights leader who changed the face of America. Dr. King was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee on April 4, 1968. Many observe this holiday by performing public service in Dr. King’s honor.

Dr. King led a pivotal civil rights march to Washington, D.C., in 1963, where he delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech in which he expressed hope that, “my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”

We wish you a wonderful day in the spirit of Dr. King.

woman hugs police officer in Long Beach at city's annual M. L. King, Jr. Day Parade.

Long Beach police officers get warm greetings from the crowd at city’s annual M. L. King, Jr. Day Parade.

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