This year's theme was "The Dream Continues to Live and Grow." The parade featured 30 marching groups, 20 floats, 17 drill teams, 16 marching bands, 7 color guard teams, 3 dance groups, the L.A. County Sheriff's Department equestrian unit and the LAPD motorcycle drill team.
Garfield High School's JROTC and Marching Band were the lead groups in this year's parade. Our JROTC cadets have been participants in this parade in previous years.
The parade began on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Western Avenue, concluding at Leimert Park, where a festival took place.
The floats included the "Occupy King's Dream" float, honoring King's attempts to end poverty and "fight against a system that created inequality," and the "Get Onboard Donate Life" float attempted to inspire organ and tissue donation among people of color in Los Angeles.
Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas was the grand marshal.
We are so proud of our students who participated, a truly memorable experience!