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San Diegans Fill Downtown For Martin Luther King Day Parade

Thousands of people gather in San Diego Monday to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Jan. 21, 2019.
Matt Hoffman
Thousands of people gather in San Diego Monday to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Jan. 21, 2019.

There were floats, school bands, college, church and law enforcement groups all coming together to march in the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade. This was the 39th year of the parade, which rolled along Harbor Drive in downtown San Diego.

Newly elected San Diego District 4 Councilwoman Monica Montgomery was this year's grand marshal.

The parade was put on by the local chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, of which Dr. King was a member. Chapter President William Gillespie said the theme this year theme was, “Living the dream, let freedom ring.”

"I think it has a powerful meaning particularly for the young people — because a lot of the young people don’t know and don’t have an appreciation for what things were like 50 years ago or even before then," Gillespie said. "So this is a reminder of how far we’ve come and a remembrance of where we need to go in the future."

Gillespie said around 100 different groups marched together in the 2019 parade.

San Diegans Fill Downtown For Martin Luther King Day Parade
Thousands of people gathered in San Diego Monday to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.