(Las Vegas, KXNT)-Thousands of Las Vegas residents lined 4th St. on Monday morning to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. King. It had all the makings of a classic parade, from marching bands and dance teams to ROTC groups and politicians waving to the crowd.
While everyone was there to enjoy the sights and sounds of the day, many tell KXNT they used the day to teach their kids about Martin Luther King Jr. and what he did for our country.
“Black people couldn’t do the things white people did because of their skin color…and now, we can do what we want to do,” stated 6-year old Anya.
Older Las Vegas residents said you could feel unity in the air. Many who lived through the Civil Rights movement got emotional when thinking of Dr. King.
” I was living through the time when we were going through the struggle. I had to listen to a lot of name calling so Dr. King was a great thing for me. I get chills just thinking about it, ” said Marie Harley.
Today, this is more than just a celebration for the black community. Las Vegas resident like Darryl Kern says this celebration is for every race.
“Dr. King helped everyone. White, black, Latinos…he helped the nation as a whole and he should be celebrated. Every great leader, no matter what their race, should be celebrated, ” stated Kern.
After the parade, many made their way to Edmond Town Center in West Las Vegas for the 3rd annual Dream Fest. Three thousand people were expected to show up. The festival had an array activities including face painting, carnival games, local food vendors and small business vendors. Local musical artists and dancers were also able to showcase their work on stage.