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King for 3 Days: MLK Jr. Day Weekend Events Around Town

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By Ana Bustilloz/Special to LAist

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It's been 25 years since the first Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was commemorated in America. Now, it's not only a federal holiday, but also a day of community service. Don't fret if Monday isn't a work holiday for you, there's plenty to do this weekend. Whether you choose to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. with a day of service or a day of leisure, here is a list of things to do. Start celebrating Saturday January 15th with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace & Unity Parade Celebration in Long Beach. Parade starts at 10:30 am along Martin Luther King Jr. Ave from 7th Street north to King Park. Festival with entertainment, food booths, craft, games and rides to follow from 12:30 to 5 pm.

Culver City hosts the 6th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration on Saturday at the Senior Center from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. hosted by celebrity guest Keith David. Refreshments, readings, music and screening of the documentary, "Freedom Riders."

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Gardena's 27th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade and Celebration is also on Saturday. The parade feature bands, drumlines, classic cars, drill teams, and celebrities. Parade begins at 10am.