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Friday January 15, 2016

  • Metro entry to parade will be replica of the Rosa Park bus in honor of the 61th anniversary of her historic stand.
L.A. Metro will be joining the communities of south L.A. to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the 31st annual Kingdom Day Parade on Monday, January 18. To avoid traffic and detours because of the parade, parade-goers are encouraged to take the Metro Expo Line which runs a few blocks north of the parade route.

Metro Board Member Jacquelyn Dupont-Walker will ride in Metro's entry to the parade, a vintage replica of the bus Rosa Parks was riding in when she was arrested for refusing to give her seat to a white bus rider in Montgomery, Alabama in 1955. The replica bus is meant to highlight transit’s role in the civil rights movement and to celebrate the 61th anniversary of Park’s historic stand that became the catalyst of the movement.

To avoid traffic and detours, parade-goers are encouraged to take the Metro Expo Line, which is located just a few blocks north of the parade route. This year’s parade begins at 10:15a.m. at the intersection of Arlington Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and travels westbound along Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. for 1 mile, before turning southbound to Crenshaw Blvd for 1 mile.  The 2-mile parade will end at the intersection of Crenshaw Blvd & Vernon, next to the historic Leimert Park Village.

For viewing near the start of the parade route, attendees should exit the Metro Expo Line at the Expo Park/USC station and walk south through Exposition Park to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. For viewing near the end of the route, attendees should exit the Expo Line at the Expo/Crenshaw Station and either walk south to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard or transfer to the Metro Local 210, which will be on detour, exiting at 39th Street and Crenshaw Boulevard and then walk a block south. All Metro Bus and Rail lines will be running on a regular weekday schedule.

Metro is also participating in other Martin Luther King Jr. Day festivities such as the  kick-off breakfast organized by the Congress of Racial Equality of California (CORE-CA) and in the MLK Annual Festival that takes place in the historic Leimert Park Village, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

While visiting the area, parade-goers are encouraged to experience what local businesses along the parade route have to offer. Through Metro’s Eat, Shop Play Crenshaw campaign, members of the public can pledge to eat, shop, play in the Crenshaw community. Not only does pledging support the economy of the local community, but pledgees that spend $25 or more at participating businesses will be entered in a quarterly drawing to win cash prizes.

Metro staff will be available to assist those interested in making the pledge and answer questions about the program at the Eat, Shop, Play Crenshaw booth at the MLK Festical.

Representatives from Metro’s Diversity and Economic Opportunity Department (DEOD) and Human Resources will be available at the same location to provide information on Metro business and career opportunities. Staff from Metro’s pilot Crenshaw/LAX Business Solution Center (BSC) and Metro’s Pilot Business Interruptin Fund will also be on-hand to detail the services now available to local small businesses that may be impacted by the construction of the Crenshaw/LAX Project.

Because segments of the parade route are adjacent to the construction of the future Crenshaw/LAX light-rail line, Metro and its contractor Walsh-Shea Corridor Constructors have made alterations to accommodate the parade. They include modifying the decking construction schedule at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and widening the work zone along Crenshaw Boulevard to make room for floats.

More information on the Crenshaw/LAX Project and Eat, Shop, Play Crenshaw is available online at 

The Kingdom Day Parade will be broadcast live on KABC-TV (Channel 7) beginning at 11 a.m. In 2015, the parade garnered approximately 2.5 million television viewers and radio listeners. 

Metro Bus Service Detours

Metro Bus lines that will be detoured during the Kingdom Day Parade include: 40, 102, 105, 204, 206, 207, 210, 212, 710, 740, 754 and 757. Signs in English and Spanish will be posted at bus stops regarding the temporary routes or check Metro’s Service Advisories for the latest changes.

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