The 27th annual Kingdom Day Parade was held in South L.A. with the theme of "The Dream Continues to Live and Grow." Southern California's largest Martin Luther King Jr. Day observance had a heavy South Korean presence.
The parade included 30 marching groups, 20 floats, 17 drill teams, 16 marching bands, seven color guard teams, three dance groups, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department equestrian unit and the Los Angeles Police Department motorcycle drill team, according to founder Larry E. Grant.
The floats included the "Occupy King's Dream" float, honoring King's attempts to end poverty and "fight against a system that created inequality," said Marqueece Harris-Dawson, president and chief executive officer of the Community Coalition, one of the float's organizers.
The "Get Onboard Donate Life" float attempted to inspire organ and tissue donation in Los Angeles' black and multicultural communities. An ethnically group of waiting list candidates, transplant recipients, living donors and donor family members were aboard the double-decker bus.
The Rev. Hae Hak Lee, a South Korean Presbyterian minister, was the international grand marshal. Kim Young Jin, a member of South Korea's parliament, South Korean movie star Young Moon Kwan, and Sang Won Park, the president of the Korean American Federation, will be among the parade's participants.
Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas was the grand marshal.
Jerome Horton, chairman of the California State Board of Equalization, was the Division I parade marshal, Academy Award-winning actor Louis Gossett Jr. was the Division II parade marshal and Nan Nay Kirby, a 10-year- old actress, was the celebrity grand marshal.