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Celebrate Community and History at the Long Beach M. L. King, Jr. Day Parade Saturday, January 19, 2013.
(Note: The annual Kingdom Day Parade will also be held Saturday, January 19, 2013.)
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.
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.
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