MGM Resorts International is the presenting sponsor of the 30th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade to be held on Monday, Jan. 16 at 10 a.m. in downtown Las Vegas.
Pictured above: MGM Resorts International employee volunteers march in the 2011 Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade while children wave on the Company’s float. MGM Resorts won the award for the best over all float during last year’s parade.
Hailed as one of the nation’s most popular annual parades celebrating the ideals and life of Dr. King, thousands are expected to line the Fourth Street parade route to celebrate Dr. King’s legacy of promoting equal and human rights.
This year’s parade theme is “Living the Dream: Rebuilding A 30-Year Pilgrimage – Our Nation Reaches the Mountaintop!” Grand Marshals for the event will include: Phyllis A. James, MGM Resorts Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer; Patricia Cunningham, KCEP-FM 88.1 News Director and Talk Show Host; Gene Collins, a former state assembly member and Director of the National Action Network Las Vegas chapter; and Steve Schorr, Cox Communications Las Vegas Vice President of Public and Government Affairs.
This is the second consecutive year MGM Resorts is the presenting sponsor of the event. The Company has supported the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade since 2003.
“MGM Resorts shares Dr. King’s vision of a world where every American, and indeed every human being, has equal freedom to pursue life, liberty and happiness. We are proud to join our community and our nation in honoring Dr. King’s historic legacy and his unique contribution to humanity,” said Jim Murren, Chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International.
More than 100 employee volunteers from MGM Resorts are expected to turn out in full force to march in the parade with an MGM Resorts float created by the Company’s Events department.
Wendell Williams, chair of the nonprofit Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Committee, expects this year’s event to be the largest one ever, with more than 145 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 participate in the event.
“This parade is an excellent way for the community to unite together as one to honor the extraordinary life of Dr. King and celebrate the freedoms won because of his fight for equal rights,” 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 .
The parade route will start at Fourth Street, and head north on Fourth to Ogden, where it will conclude.