Garcetti to be Grand Marshal of Kingdom Day Parade
LOS ANGELES (CNS) – With Mayor Eric Garcetti serving as grand marshal, the 29th annual Kingdom Day Parade will be held today under the theme “Ain’t Gonna’ Let Nobody Turn Us ‘Round.”
Southern California’s largest Martin Luther King Jr. Day observance will begin at 11 a.m. at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Crenshaw Boulevard, head south on Crenshaw Boulevard, concluding at Vernon Avenue.
The theme was chosen because of court decisions and legislative attempts “trying to unravel the voting rights and other gains of the civil rights era,” according to parade manager Wendy Gladney Dean.
The celebrity grand marshal will be Shaunie O’Neal, a cast member of the VH1 series “Basketball Wives” and the former wife of retired basketball star Shaquille O’Neal.
Other dignitaries scheduled to participate in the parade include Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck, City Attorney Mike Feuer, Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, Reps. Karen Bass, D-Los Angeles, Janice Hahn, D-
San Pedro, and Maxine Waters, D-Los Angeles, and Councilmen Bernard Parks, Curren Price and Herb Wesson.
The Los Angeles Dodgers will continue their participation in the parade by having former Dodgers “Sweet” Lou Johnson, Dennis Powell and Derrel Thomas ride aboard the Dodger fire truck.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day will also be marked in Los Angeles County by efforts to beautify Roosevelt High School in Boyle Heights and Horace Mann Middle School in South Los Angeles; a community clean-up at the Atlantic
Theatre in North Long Beach; three community tree plantings elsewhere in Long Beach; a celebration at the Soka Gakkai International Auditorium in Santa Monica; and a blood drive at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center from 8 a.m.-3 p.m.