Large crowd expected for annual MLK parade Monday in downtown Las Vegas
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The 31st annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. parade will begin at 10 a.m. Monday in downtown Las Vegas.
The parade will take place on Fourth Street, beginning at Hoover Avenue and finishing at Ogden Avenue.
Organizers of the parade say they are expecting a record-setting crowd. About 18,000 people watched last year's parade.
Rev. Marion Bennett, founding pastor of Zion Independent Methodist Church, and Lillian McMorris, a former producer at KVVU-TV Channel 5, will serve as this year's parade marshals.
KCEP-FM Power 88 has been selected as the honorary grand marshal. They are celebrating their 40th year of broadcasting.
Winners will be selected in the following categories: best overall entry, most unique float, best commercial float, and best middle and high school bands.
Clark County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani, Tyrone Thompson from the Southern Nevada Regional Planning Coalition and Kenyatta Lewis from MGM Resorts International are the parade judges.
This year's theme is "Living the Dream: Dream With A Vision: Live With A Purpose."
The MLK Dream Fest, featuring vendors and entertainment, will take place following the parade at 1 p.m. at the Edmond Town Center, 931 W. Owens Ave.
In addition, admission to the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area will be free on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.