26th MLK parade delayed till Monday because of caucuses

The 26th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade, which is usually held on a Saturday, will take place on Monday this year because of the state’s presidential caucuses.

“It will still be our traditional parade,” parade Chairman Justin Harper said. “And we will still have the same people that have supported us over the years.”

Harper is confident the day change won’t affect turnout.

“I’ve had a lot of good feedback,” he said.

“We are the largest parade held in the state of Nevada, and I don’t think that will change.”

The parade starts at 10 a.m. on Fourth Street and Clark Avenue and will head north through downtown, ending at Ogden Avenue.

This year’s parade theme is “Living the Dream: Setting New Heights in our Community,” and Judge Johnnie Rawlinson and Commissioner Lawrence Weekly will serve as grand marshals for the event.

As part of the weekend’s observances, former state Sen. Joe Neal will speak Sunday at noon at the Martin Luther King Jr. Directions Brunch, held at Nevada Partners.

The West Las Vegas Library Theatre will host the City of Las Vegas Gospel Explosion at 4 p.m. Sunday.

The concert will include a performance by the Las Vegas Mass Choir, as well as an awards ceremony honoring local community members. Doors will open at 3:30 p.m., and seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

The parade, brunch and concert are all free and open to the public.


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