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    Special Event Coverage

    2005 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade

    MLK Parade, Jan 15/05

    (January 15, 2005) -- Amid robust crowds, Long Beach's 17th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade proceeded through the heart of Central LB -- up Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave. from Anaheim St. past Pacific Coast Highway to the LB park named in Dr. King's honor in the 1900 block of Lemon Ave. provides expanded special event coverage below.

    The theme of this year's Unity Parade and Celebration was, "I can't be what I ought to be...until you are what you ought to be."

    MLK Parade, Jan 15/05Clergy began the procession.

    MLK Parade, Jan 15/05Long Beach Mounted Police.

    MLK Parade, Jan 15/05Yes, that's LB Police Chief Anthony Batts.

    MLK Parade, Jan 15/05LB Mayor Beverly O'Neill.

    MLK Parade, Jan 15/0537th district Congresswoman Juanita Millender-McDonald. Her district stretches from Carson to include roughly 80% of LB.

    MLK Parade, Jan 15/05Vice Mayor Jackie Kell, with retired Mayor Ernie Kell at the wheel.

    MLK Parade, Jan 15/05KJLH radio's entry included large speakers that let paradegoers hear Dr. King's "I Have A Dream" speech.

    MLK Parade, Jan 15/05The KJLH/Wells Fargo float included a portrait of the fallen civil rights leader.

    MLK Parade, Jan 15/05State Senator Alan Lowenthal and Assemblywoman Betty Karnette.

    MLK Parade, Jan 15/05Assemblywoman Jenny Oropeza. She chairs the Assembly Transportation Committee.

    MLK Parade, Jan 15/05The 2005 Grand Prix pacecar made an appearance.

    MLK Parade, Jan 15/05LB City Manager Jerry Miller.

    MLK Parade, Jan 15/05Deputy City Manager Reggie Harrison.

    MLK Parade, Jan 15/05From the Int'l Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 11.

    MLK Parade, Jan 15/05A banner introduced 6th district Councilwoman Laura Richardson, whose office has helped build the parade into a major city event.

    Her Central City district is home to the parade route.

    Councilwoman Richardson didn't march; she danced up MLK Ave...literally. As she promised at the January 11 City Council meeting, Councilwoman Richardson did a "Second Line" dance.
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    MLK Parade, Jan 15/05One of America's famed "Buffalo Soldiers": Trooper Robert McDaniel, 9th Cavalry Regiment (WWII).

    MLK Parade, Jan 15/05LB City Clerk Larry Herrera.

    MLK Parade, Jan 15/051st district Councilwoman Bonnie Lowenthal.

    MLK Parade, Jan 15/054th district Councilman Patrick O'Donnell and 7th district Councilwoman Tonia Reyes Uranga..seem to be looking for 2d district Councilman Dan Baker.

    Councilman Baker hopped off the float to bring back some favored take-out from one of the 6th district's eateries.

    MLK Parade, Jan 15/05Councilman Baker then scrambled back on board....

    MLK Parade, Jan 15/05...and shared the movable feast with his colleagues.

    MLK Parade, Jan 15/05What's a parade without good food?

    MLK Parade, Jan 15/05A classic LB Fire Department unit.

    [ comment: There is no truth to the rumor that city management's forthcoming LBFD efficiency study plans to return this unit to service.]

    MLK Parade, Jan 15/05Power 106 FM brought some high decibel music.

    MLK Parade, Jan 15/05The parade included representatives of the Teachers Association of LB.

    MLK Parade, Jan 15/05LB Unified School District officialdom included Superintendent Chris Steinhauser, Boardmembers Suja Lowenthal and Dr. Felton Williams.

    MLK Parade, Jan 15/05Members of the LB Community College Board of Trustees Roberto Uranga and Doug Otto (back) with Diane McNinch in the front seat.

    MLK Parade, Jan 15/05Representatives of LBCC's Student Council.

    MLK Parade, Jan 15/05From Masjid Al-Shareef of Long Beach.

    MLK Parade, Jan 15/05From Cal Worthington Ford.

    MLK Parade, Jan 15/05Representatives of the Cambodian Community.

    MLK Parade, Jan 15/05From "Cambodia Town."

    MLK Parade, Jan 15/05Cambodian Art Preservation Group.

    MLK Parade, Jan 15/05And a link to Dr. King's civil rights struggles: the LB Branch of the NAACP.

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