After two years of waiting, the city of Los Angeles finally made its celebration to honor the late Martin Luther King Jr.

On Monday, January 6, L.A. sparked festivities to celebrate the life, works and noble contributions of the legendary civil rights activist.

The 38th Annual Kingdom Day Parade was conducted for the first time since 2020, with the previous two years postponed by the higher authorities due to health and safety threats of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The said grand parade is heavily considered as the largest and longest running Martin Luther King Jr. birthday celebration in the entire United States.

The parade, which started on the infamous Martin Luther King Jr. boulevard and ended in the newly-built Leimert Park Metro Station, was welcomed with smiles and open arms by various parade goers – encompassing normal citizens, students, activists, local leaders, and elected officials of Los Angeles local government unit.

A Korean band company performs on the 38th Annual Kingdom Day Parade | Image courtesy: Christina House / Los Angeles Times

A marching band on the 38th Annual Kingdom Day Parade | Image courtesy: Robyn Beck/Getty Images/KTLA

Thousands of spectators have enjoyed various floats, marching bands, dancers performing and drumlines – while some are displaying civil and peaceful rallies for their own cause, most notably about police brutality and ending racism.

More than the performances, satisfying demonstrations of the bands and others, it was very much important to keep the lessons and heroism of Luther King Jr. in fighting for civil rights – with the theme “Making America the Last Best Hope of the World" being bannered for this year.



Written by Andrei de Guzman

Andrei de Guzman is a digital marketing intern for the Winter Season of PS Media Enterprise. He is currently a fourth-year Communication Research student from Polytechnic University of the Philippines Sta. Mesa

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