Thousands of people lined the streets of South Los Angeles on Monday for the 29th annual Kingdom Day Parade honoring the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Ted Chen reports from Leimert Park for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 20, 2014.
Mayor Eric Garcetti served as grand marshal Monday when Southern California's largest Martin Luther King Jr. Day observance -- the 29th annual Kingdom Day Parade -- begins in the Crenshaw District.
The theme of this year's parade, which began at 11 a.m. near Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Crenshaw Boulevard, is "Ain't Gonna' Let Nobody Turn Us 'Round." The parade traveled 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 was 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 included 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.
NBC4's Michael Browlee and Beverly White also were part of the parade.
The Los Angeles Dodgers continued their participation in the parade by having former Dodgers "Sweet" Lou Johnson, Dennis Powell and Derrel Thomas ride aboard the Dodger fire truck.