Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Los Angeles, will serve as
grand marshal for today’s 32nd annual Kingdom Day Parade, whose theme is “Now
More Than Ever, We All Must Work Together.”
What organizers bill as the nation’s biggest celebration of the life and
legacy of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. will begin at 10
a.m. at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Western Avenue, head west on
Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to Crenshaw Boulevard, then proceed south,
concluding at Vernon Avenue.
More than 200,000 people are expected to line the parade route.
Waters’ House colleagues set to join her in the parade include Reps.
Karen Bass, D-Los Angeles, and Nanette Barragan, D-San Pedro, according to
Other elected officials set to participate include state Treasurer John
Chiang; Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones; City Attorney Mike Feuer; City
Controller Ron Galperin; Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas,
state Sens. Steven Bradford, D-Gardena, and Holly J. Mitchell, D-Los Angeles;
Assemblymen Mike A. Gipson, D-Carson; Reggie Jones-Sawyer, D-Los Angeles and
Sebastian Ridley-Thomas, D-Los Angeles; and Assemblywoman Autumn Burke, D-
There will be more than 100 units in the parade — floats, bands,
equestrian units and dance and martial arts groups.
Groups marching in the parade include the AIDS Healthcare Foundation,
seeking to promote the messages that AIDS is a civil rights issue and access to
care and treatment for people with HIV and AIDS should be a universal human
Metro’s entry in the parade is a replica of the bus Rosa Parks was
riding in when she was arrested for refusing to give her seat to a white rider
in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1955.
The entry is intended to highlight the role of public transit in the
civil rights movement and mark the 61st anniversary of Parks’ arrest and the
subsequent bus boycott, which became a catalyst of the movement.