Kingdom Day Parade

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and Mayor Eric Garcetti with other Kingdom Day Parade celebrants. All photos by Martin Zamora/Board of Supervisors.

Thousands of people lined the streets of South Los Angeles to celebrate the life and legacy of the legendary civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the 33rd Annual Kingdom Day parade.

Billed as the oldest and largest parade of its kind, it included more than 150 floats, bands, equestrian units and other groups that traveled three miles on Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and Crenshaw Boulevard before culminating in community festivities at Leimert Park.

This year’s theme, When They Go Low, We Go High, is a famous quote from former First Lady Michelle Obama during the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

Thousands of people lined the streets to cheer for California Senator Kamala Harris, who served as the parade’s grand marshal. Oscar winner Natalie Portman walked alongside her, wearing a black shirt that read “Time’s Up,” a rallying cry for the movement against sexual misconduct in the entertainment industry.

This year marks Dr. King’s  89th birthday and the 50th anniversary of his death. Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas said at the parade that he strives to see Dr. King’s dream fulfilled, and is working to address  poverty and homelessness; fight for jobs and voting rights; and assert that healthcare is a right, not a privilege.

“We’re going to end homelessness in the city and county of Los Angeles, because that’s Dr. King’s dream, to push for every person to have dignity and work,” the Supervisor said.