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Thousands celebrate at Martin Luther King, Jr. parade in New Orleans

Thousands lined the streets of New Orleans for the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. parade. (FOX 8) Thousands lined the streets of New Orleans for the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. parade. (FOX 8)
NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) -

Thousands are celebrating the life and legacy of slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in New Orleans.

A parade that ends at the MLK statue on Claiborne Avenue was winding down around noon. The absolute great weather drew huge crowds out Monday.

School bands, including the Dr. Martin Luther King Charter School band stepped off from City Hall. Before the parade began, a ceremony was held where Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Congressman Cedric Richmond and others spoke to hundreds.

Along the parade route, thousands of all races came out to mark King's dream of whites and blacks joining together in everyday life.

"I think it's super beautiful, no matter what color," parade watcher Nicole Horne said.

Of course, King's legacy focused on non-violence, and in a city plagued by gun violence the hope is that this day will be marked with peace.

"I mean it's MLK day. I'd like to think I would have marched with him, honor that legacy," parade watcher Carrie Craven said.

The mayor and civil rights leaders gathered around a wreath at the MLK statue. A block party was held on Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.

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