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Long Beach Celebrates the 36th MLK Parade

Long Beach Celebrates the 36th MLK Parade

Jeanette Lem

The Martin Luther King Jr. Parade and Celebration has been a tradition in Long Beach for 36 years, standing as a tribute to the legacy and impactful work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This year’s parade is taking place this Saturday, Jan. 13, at 10 a.m. and will kick off at the intersection of Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue and Anaheim Street.

Photo via longbeach.gov

The choice of location adds a poignant touch, emphasizing the community’s commitment to embracing the spirit of Dr. King in a central and accessible part of the city. The parade is a manifestation of shared values, drawing attention to the ongoing struggle for civil rights, social justice, and equality.

The Grand Marshals leading the 2024 parade will include councilmember Al Austin II, Chan and Mark Hopson, Tonya Martin, and Griselda Suarez, who in their unique ways have contributed significantly to the betterment of Long Beach. Their involvement underscores the parade’s role in recognizing and honoring those who continue to champion the values upheld by Dr. King.

Photo by Thomas Wasper via Flickr.com

In addition to the parade, the celebration continues at Martin Luther King Jr. Park, where the festivities will unfold from noon to 5 p.m. This part of the event promises a diverse range of activities, including live entertainment, a kid’s zone, and various food and merchandise vendors. The entertainment lineup features acts such as Gravity Dance Company, The Block PARTY Band, DW3, and Virgil Gibson.

Furthermore, the African American Cultural Center of Long Beach features a Martin Luther King Jr. exhibit, providing a deeper exploration into the life and impact of Dr. King and the civil rights movement. This exhibit acts as a valuable educational resource, enriching the community’s understanding of history and inspiring ongoing commitment to the principles championed by Dr. King.

Photo by Thomas Wasper via Flickr.com

The Martin Luther King Jr. Parade and Celebration has evolved into a significant annual event that not only commemorates the life and legacy of the iconic civil rights leader but also celebrates the diverse community of the city. As the 36th edition unfolds, it stands as a testament to the enduring importance of remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision, with this year’s festivities embodying the spirit of unity, justice, and equality that continues to resonate within the heart of Long Beach.

For more information on the parade and celebration, visit the official event website.

Event Banner via longbeach.gov
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