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Watch It On-Demand: 2019 LB MLK Parade


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(Jan. 19, 2019, 11:15 p.m.) -- LBREPORT.com provides extended on-demand VIDEO coverage below of the 31st annual Long Beach Martin Luther King, Jr.

The parade wound its way north from Anaheim St. along on MLK to King Park north of PCH and.included over 80 participating entries. Crowds appeared thinner than in previous years. Mayor Robert Garcia and six of LB's nine Councilmembers participated in the parade: Suzie Price, Daryl Supernaw, Dee Andrews, Roberto Uranga, Al Austin and Rex Richardson.

Councilman Austin walked alongside a representative of the AFSCME public employee union for which Austin works as a business agent; when introduced to the crowd, Councilman Austin noted that Dr. King had traveled to Memphis in April 1968 to support AFSCME-represented sanitation workers when he was shot to death.

Councilman Richardson was aboard a large float from his office, dancing with his former fraternity brothers (video below.)

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Three LB Councilmembers -- Lena Gonzalez, Jeannine Pearce and Stacy Mungo -- didn't take part in the parade. Councilmembers Gonzalez and Pearce chose to attend the L.A. Women's March. Councilwoman Gonzalez entered a vehicle in the parade with banners that displayed her names and carried carrying her Council-office staffer. Councilwoman Mungo had no visible presence.

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LB citywide electeds taking part included City Attorney Charles Parkin and City Prosecutor Doug Haubert; we didn't see City Auditor Laura Doud. Other LB area electeds (not a complete list) visible included LBUSD Board members Megan Kerr and Dr. Felton Williams and LBCC Board of Trustees President Sunny Zia and Trustee Doug Otto.

Wayne Chaney, Sr., chair of LB's Airport Advisory Commission (and a LB Firefighter) walked the parade route. Congressman Alan Lowenthal (D, LB-west OC) and Asemblyman Patrick O'Donnell (D, LB-San Pedro) took part as did Signal Hill Councilman Ed Wilson and electeds from a number of SE L.A. County cities.

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City Manager Pat West and LBFD Chief Xavier Espino walked the parade route along with LBPD brass. Harbor Commissioner Bonnie Lowenthal rode aboard the Port of Long Beach float. Marching bands and JROTC units from a number of LB High Schools participated as did representatives of LB's Cambodian-American community, various civic, charitable, advocacy groups and churches.


Jan. 21, 3:55 a.m. An earlier version of this story indicated Councilman Richardson wasn't present personally. He was in fact present personally, dancing with his former fraternity brothers aboard a float entered in the parade and we didn't spot him. We've since added video, amended our text and we regret the error.

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