MGM Resorts International is the presenting sponsor of the 29th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade to be held on Monday, Jan. 17 at 10 a.m. in downtown Las Vegas.
Hailed as one of the most popular annual parades in Las Vegas, thousands are expected to line the Fourth Street parade route to celebrate Dr. King’s legacy of promoting equal rights and human rights.
This year’s theme of the parade is “Living the Dream: Rebuilding American’s Promise, Freedom and Liberty.” Grand Marshals for this year’s parade are activist Sarann Knight Preddy, and education advocates Naomi Goynes and Theron Goynes.
“As a strong supporter of equal rights, diversity and inclusion, MGM Resorts is pleased to support this effort and to join the community in honoring Dr. King’s legacy,” said Phyllis James, MGM Resorts Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer.
MGM Resorts has supported the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade since 2003. In 2008, the Company was recognized as the best overall entry in the float competition. This is the first year the Company is the presenting sponsor of the event.
Wendell Williams, Chair of the nonprofit Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Committee, said this year’s event is expected to be larger than ever, with more than 150 entries including floats, marching bands, dancers, and motorcades featuring both cars and motorcycles. Public officials and representatives of area nonprofit organizations are also expected to be prominent at the event.
“This is going to be a grand event to celebrate Dr. King’s legacy, and will be commensurate with the tremendous opportunity that Dr. King created for our society and for the future of America,” said Williams.
The parade will cap a week of events honoring Dr. King and leading up to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. For more information about the additional events, go to www.kingweeklasvegas.com.
About 100 employee volunteers from MGM Resorts are expected to turn out in full force to march in the parade with an MGM Resorts float being created by volunteers from the MGM Resorts Events department. Floats will be judged in 18 categories including “Best Overall Entry.”
The parade route will start at Fourth Street, and head north on Fourth to Ogden, where it will conclude.