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LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A parade honoring slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. is turning 30, with thousands of participants and spectators expected in downtown Las Vegas.

The Monday event on Fourth Street has grown from 13 entries in 1982 to about 145 entries this year.

That includes floats, marching bands, cheerleaders, youth sports and drill teams, and cruising cars. The 2012 parade is presented by MGM Resorts International. It's themed: "Living the Dream: Rebuilding a 30-Year Pilgrimage -- Our Nation Reaches the Mountaintop."

In recent years, the parade has become a centerpiece for several days of events, including a community festival and car show. Other weekend events included church services, a vigil, banquet and a family resource fair.