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Las Vegas MLK Parade Draws Thousands

Thousands of people gathered in downtown Las Vegas to watch the annual parade to honor Dr. Martin Luther King who would have been 80 years old.

Parade goers say they are full of appreciation for the sacrifice Dr. King made for this country. They danced, chanted and celebrated in the streets of Las Vegas for this 27th annual parade. Many parade goers say this year's parade is especially significant because they say when President-Elect Barack Obama's takes the oath of office, they will no longer have to dream about equality.

"It is really significant it seems like the timing is just perfect so that's the best way to honor Dr. King's memory as well and that his dream did come alive and it's through Barrack Obama," said Margaretta Rice.

"Living the Dream: For One America" was this year's theme. The grand marshals were Dr. Barbara Jackson and Dr. James Tate.

"Now we know in this country, all are created equal. We can all achieve to be anything we want to be," said Kenyatta Lewis. 

"I think it's great. I am Puerto Rican. I hope one of my children will be president next time," said Carlos Vega.

At one time, Nevada was dubbed the Mississippi of the West because of harsh race relations between blacks and whites. Many of the people at the parade commented on how far Las Vegas has come in race relations.






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