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Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2013: Parade routes and celebrations

The statue of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. is seen at the MLK Memorial September 20, 2012 in Washington, DC. King was an American clergyman, activist, and prominent leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. He is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience.
The statue of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. is seen at the MLK Memorial September 20, 2012 in Washington, DC. King was an American clergyman, activist, and prominent leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. He is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience.
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Monday, January 21st will mark the 27th year that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’'s birthday has been celebrated as a federal holiday.

The Southland will play host to two large parades celebrating the civil rights leader, the "Kingdom Day Parade" in Los Angeles on Saturday 19th at 11am, and the "Peace and Unity Parade Celebration" in Long Beach that same day at 10:30 am.

Los Angeles Kingdom Day Parade

When and where: The “Kingdom Day Parade”, organized by the Congress of Racial Equality, will begin at 11:00 am in South L.A.

The parade route begins at the intersection of Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. and Western Ave. From there, it marches West down MLK Blvd. towards Crenshaw Blvd. where it veers left. After heading South on Crenshaw blvd the parade will end at the intersection of Vernon Ave and Crenshaw Blvd.
 


(Note: This parade route map is dated from 2010. The parade route however will be the same this year)

How to get there: We suggest taking public transportation to the event if you can. Parking in L.A. can be a pain, and we wouldn’t wish it upon any of our enemies. Not that we have any.

For more information, check the parade's website.

Want a taste? Here's a video from last year's Kingdom Day Parade:

 

Long Beach Peace and Unity Parade and Celebration

When and where: The Peace & Unity Parade Celebration is on Saturday, January 19 and will begin at 10:30 a.m. 

The parade route runs from Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and Anaheim Street. It will then proceed straight on North to Martin Luther King, Jr. Park.

How to get there:

Please note that: Long Beach City College is providing parking and shuttles. The shuttles will be available to transport parade viewers to and from the from route from 7:30 am to 10:00 am.

What to do after: After the parade ends there will be a festival at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park that will include entertainment, food, and craft and vendors. Have teens and children? There will be games and rides as well.

The festival’s hours will be from 12:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

For more info, check their website.

Other events in Los Angeles

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Volunteering on MLK Jr. Day

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy of charity and community organizing, civic leaders and the government have called for a national day of service. Consider celebrating MLK Jr.'s life by volunteering your time to service projects around Southern California.

If you're interested, we've compiled a list of a few choice MLK National Day of Service events and put together a list of organizations around Southern California that could use your help! You can find even more at the National Day of Service site or at VolunteerMatch.