The Kingdom Day Parade & More MLK Day Events in LA 2017

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Martin Luther King Day Celebrations in Los Angeles, Long Beach, Orange County

Kingdom Day Parade in Los Angeles
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Los Angeles celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with a variety events from parades to museum events, the most prominent of which is the MLK Kingdom Day Parade in South Los Angeles.

The Kingdom Day Parade in Los Angeles happens each January, on the federally recognized Martin Luther King Day holiday Monday. In 2017, the parade will be held on Monday, January 16. It begins at 11 am at Martin Luther King Blvd and Western Ave, traveling west on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd to Crenshaw Blvd, south on Crenshaw Blvd to Vernon Ave with a festival along Crenshaw at Leimert Park.

The City of Long Beach will hold their Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace & Unity Parade Celebration on Saturday, January 14, 2017, beginning at 10:30 am along Martin Luther King Jr. Ave from 7th Street north to King Park, where a festival will be held from 12:30 to 6 pm.

Children's Book World in LA will host Martin Luther King, Jr. Storytime with Michael D. McCarty, Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 10:30 am for kids 4 and up. (310) 559-BOOK/2665, 10580 1/2 W. Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

Dreaming our Way to a Better World! at Zimmer Children's Museum: On Sunday, January 15, 2017, from 2 pm – 4 pm, Zimmer Children's Museum invites children to create cotton cloud dreams for a better world. (323) 761-8984, 6505 Wilshire Blvd #100, Los Angeles, CA 90048. www.zimmermuseum.org 

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration at the California African American Museum: Annual open house at CAAM on Monday, January 16, 2017, 11 am - 4 pm, with live music, art activities and food as well as a marathon reading of MLK speaches. (213) 744-7432. 600 State Drive, Exposition Park, Los Angeles. www.caamuseum.org 

Target Free Holiday Monday at LACMA: A free day at the museum. 11 am – 5 pm Monday, January 16, 2017, with bilingual tours, free programs, art-making and live music at 12:30 pm and 2:45 pm. Free; timed tickets required for the Boone Children’s Gallery on a first come, first served basis. (323) 857-6000. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. www.lacma.org

Kidspace Celebrates MLK and Cultural Diversity Days: Kidspace children's museum in Pasadena will honor Dr. King's mission of breaking down cultural walls by presenting a multicultural program of entertainment and activities including building new worlds in the Imagination Workshop, adding handprints to a giant peace mural and sharing hopes for the world on a Dream Board. Saturday to Monday, January 14-16, 2017, Saturday and Sunday 10 am to 5 pm, Monday 9:30 am to 5 pm. 480 North Arroyo Blvd, (626) 449-9144.

Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration at Pretend City in Irvine: Pretend City will have activities throughout the day January 16, 2017 to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. Art lessons highlight how are differences make each person special and create PEace Done handprints. Story time with  Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with Mrs. Park’s Class; and Cooking up Culture will use different colored eggs to show how things that look different on the outside are the same on the inside. (949) 428-3900. 29 Hubble, Irvine. www.pretendcity.org 

Click through for photos of a previous Kingdom Day Parade with Stevie wonder as the Grand Marshal.

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Stevie Wonder Kingdom Day

Stevie Wonder in the Kingdom Day Parade in Los Angeles
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 Stevie Wonder was Grand Marshall of the Kingdom Day Parade in Los Angeles in 2007.

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Kingdom Day Parade Crowd

Kingdom Day Parade
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 The Kingdom Day Parade in South Los Angeles always draws a crowd.

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Kingdom Day Parade

Kingdom Day Parade in Los Angeles
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 A horse-drawn carriage in the Kingdom Day Parade on MLK Day in Los Angeles

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Kingdom Day Parade

Kingdom Day Parade in Los Angeles
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Gompers Middle School Marching Band is one of many local bands marching in the Kingdom Day Parade in Los Angeles,for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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Kingdom Day Parade

Kingdom Day Parade in Los Angeles
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The H.E.L.P.E.R. Cease Fire Committee (Southern California Cease Fire Committee) in the Kingdom Day Parade in Los Angeles on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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Kingdom Day Parade

Kingdom Day Parade in Los Angeles
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 High School JROTC students marching in the Kingdom Day Parade in Los Angeles.

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Kingdom Day Parade

Kingdom Day Parade in Los Angeles
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 The Lawry's Float in the Kingdom Day Parade on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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Kingdom Day Parade

Kingdom Day Parade in Los Angeles
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A fire engine from the Los Angeles County Fire Department in the Kingdom Day Parade in Los Angeles on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

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Kingdom Day Parade

Kingdom Day Parade in Los Angeles
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The Brotherhood Crusade riding a double-deck bus in the Kingdom Day Parade in Los Angeles

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Kingdom Day Parade

Kingdom Day Parade in Los Angeles
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A young spectator at the annual Kingdom Day Parade in South Los Angeles. 

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Kingdom Day Parade

Kingdom Day Parade in Los Angeles
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Happy spectators at the annual Kingdom Day Parade in Los Angeles on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in January.

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Crenshaw High Band

Kingdom Day Parade in Los Angeles
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Crenshaw High School Marching Band in the annual MLK Kingdom Day Parade in Los Angeles on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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Black Ty

Kingdom Day Parade in Los Angeles
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Recording artist Black Ty AKA Tyrese at the MLK Kingdom Day Parade in Los Angeles on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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Kingdom Day Parade

Kingdom Day Parade in Los Angeles
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Crenshaw High School Marine Corps Junior ROTC marching in the annual MLK Kingdom Day Parade in Los Angeles on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in January

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Brazilian Carnaval Team

Kingdom Day Parade in Los Angeles
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The Brazilian Carnaval Team in the Kingdom Day Parade in Los Angeles on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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Kingdom Day Festival

Kingdom Day Celebration in Los Angeles
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A rapper performs at the Kingdom Day Festival after the Kingdom Day Parade in Los Angeles

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Kingdom Day Festival

Kingdom Day Celebration in Los Angeles
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Traditional bacon-wrapped hot dogs at the Kingdom Day Festival after the Kingdom Day Parade in South Los Angeles

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Kingdom Day Health Fair

Kingdom Day Celebration in Los Angeles
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 Health Fair games teach healthy eating at the Kingdom Day Festival in South Los Angeles on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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Kingdom Day Drummers

Kingdom Day Celebration in Los Angeles
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A spontaneous group of drummers gathers at Leimert Park during the Kingdom Day Festival after the Kingdom Day Parade in South Los Angeles.

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Kingdom Day Festival

Kingdom Day Celebration in Los Angeles
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The businesses on Degnan Blvd in Leimert Park Village participate in the Kingdom Day Celebration in Los Angeles.

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