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Planning underway for 2019 Kingdom Day Parade

LOS ANGELES — Planning is underway for the 34th annual Kingdom Day Parade to be held Jan. 21 in honor of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Adrian Dove, president and CEO, of the parade, is looking for parade entries, volunteers, spectators and its Royal Court Scholarship participants.

The parade’s theme will be “Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds, Healthy Democracy.”

“Martin Luther King Jr. would have been pleased with or, at the very least encouraged, by results from the nationwide mid-term elections,” Dove said. “The Congress of Racial Equality of California longtime Organizing Sponsor of the Kingdom Day Parade, has as one of its mission, the nurture and preservation of Dr. King’s dream by helping to sustain his mission of fighting ferociously for equality, love and peace for black and white and all other people as well. This fight’s primary weapons are aggressive non-violent action and love.”

The three-mile parade route remains the same. It will begin at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Western Avenue and proceed west on King to Crenshaw Boulevard and then south to Vernon Avenue, where a post-parade festival will be held at Leimert Park ending of the Parade. 

The parade will again be broadcast live from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on ABC-7.

The Kingdom Day Parade was first organized 37 years ago as a small local community event in San Diego that spanned only five blocks. In 1985, it moved to Los Angeles and has grown every year since then.

Tens of thousands of spectators every year line the parade route. The parade features more than 150 units involving more than 3,000 individuals including special community service honorees and other heroes and sheroes. 

Also, featured are floats, marching bands, high school and middle school drill teams, novelty acts, equestrian units, and celebrities, entertainment legends and community leaders.

U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris was the 2018 grand marshal. Other past grand marshals include Stevie Wonder, U.S. Reps. Maxine Waters and Karen Bass, Gov. Jerry Brown, Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, Mayor Eric Garcetti, Council members Herb J. Wesson and Curren Price, television host Steve Harvey, LA Dodgers star Matt Kemp, Little Richard, dance legend Debbie Allen and former Police Chief Bernard Parks.

Wave Staff Report