Mayor leads LA's Kingdom Day Parade

Martin Luther King Holiday California

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Dancers from the Kim sung hua Korean Dance Academy participate in the Martin Luther King Jr. parade in Los Angeles on Monday Jan. 20, 2014. The 29th annual Kingdom Day Parade honoring Martin Luther King Jr. was themed "Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Us Round."

Martin Luther King Holiday California

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Aztec dancers participate in the Martin Luther King Jr. parade in Los Angeles on Monday Jan. 20, 2014. The 29th annual Kingdom Day Parade honoring Martin Luther King Jr. was themed "Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Us Round."

Martin Luther King Holiday California

Richard Vogel/AP

Dancers from the Marching Knights from the Frederick K.C. Price III Christian schools participate in the Martin Luther King Jr. parade in Los Angeles on Monday Jan. 20, 2014. The 29th annual Kingdom Day Parade honoring Martin Luther King Jr. was themed "Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Us Round."


Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti led a procession of marching bands, local dignitaries and celebrities to celebrate the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

The mayor was grand marshal of Monday's 29th annual Kingdom Day Parade, which included appearances by Police Chief Charlie Beck and congress members Karen Bass, Janice Hahn and Maxine Waters.

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Former Dodgers "Sweet" Lou Johnson, Dennis Powell and Derrel Thomas rode aboard the Dodger fire truck.

Thousands of people lined the streets of South LA for the event, which featured dancers, singers and honor guards.

It one of many celebrations, marches, parades and community service projects held across the nation to honor the slain civil rights leader. It was 50 years ago that King won the Nobel Peace Prize.

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