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Photos: Thousands come out in South LA to honor MLK for Kingdom Day Parade

Participants march in the 33rd annual Kingdom Day Parade honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., January 15, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.
Participants march in the 33rd annual Kingdom Day Parade honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., January 15, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.
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Thousands of people lined the streets of South Los Angeles to for a Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade that is among the nation's biggest celebrations of the holiday.

Monday's 33rd annual Kingdom Day Parade down Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Crenshaw Boulevard was themed "When They Go Low, We Go High." The theme was inspired by a comment by former First Lady Michelle Obama about what she told her daughters on how to deal with someone who is cruel or acts like a bully.

The parade featured swirling costumes of bright colors, marching bands, appearances by officials like L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti and L.A. County Sheriff Jim McDonnell and some dance movies from Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris, who served as the parade's grand marshal. See photos and tweets below for the highlights:

Dwight Marshall, a student at Wilder's Preparatory Academy Charter School in Inglewood awaits the start of the 33rd annual Kingdom Day Parade honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., January 15, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.
Dwight Marshall, a student at Wilder's Preparatory Academy Charter School in Inglewood awaits the start of the 33rd annual Kingdom Day Parade honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., January 15, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.
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A eagle mascot rides on the back of a motorcycle in the 33rd annual Kingdom Day Parade honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., January 15, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.
A eagle mascot rides on the back of a motorcycle in the 33rd annual Kingdom Day Parade honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., January 15, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.
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Members of the Cathedral City High School Ballet Folklorico dance in the 33rd annual Kingdom Day Parade honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., January 15, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.
Members of the Cathedral City High School Ballet Folklorico dance in the 33rd annual Kingdom Day Parade honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., January 15, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.
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Actress Natalie Portman caught some video of the parade's grand marshal, Sen. Kamala Harris:

https://twitter.com/KamalaHarris/status/953016891139817473

https://twitter.com/MayorOfLA/status/953037082376658944

Ava DuVernay, director of the upcoming film "A Wrinkle in Time," adapted from the children's book, also shared photos from Crenshaw High's band paying tribute to the main character from the movie.
 
https://twitter.com/ava/status/953040689842892800

L.A. Metro also featured a replica of the bus that Rosa Parks sat on in her protest for civil rights.

https://twitter.com/crenshawrail/status/952972040150990848