Photos: Kingdom Day Parade returns to Martin Luther King Jr. Day for first time since 2020

Princess Isis Lange participates in the 38th Annual Kingdom Day Parade in Leimert Park.
Princess Isis Lange, the founder and president of the Cardinal Divas of SC, the first majorette team at USC, center, participates in the 38th Annual Kingdom Day Parade in Leimert Park.
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Martin Luther King Jr. Day was marked today by the 38th Kingdom Day Parade in Leimert Park.

Hundreds of people lined the parade route, with days of rain finally letting up and the skies clearing for the procession.

The grand marshal was George C. Fatheree III, the leader of a team of attorneys who secured the return of Bruce’s Beach to the descendants of Willa and Charles Bruce nearly a century after it had been taken by Manhattan Beach.

This was the first time the parade will be on Martin Luther King Jr. Day since 2020. The 2021 parade was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2022 parade was initially canceled due to the severity of serious surges in COVID-19 hospitalizations, then rescheduled on June 20, the day the federal Juneteenth holiday was observed.

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Jovian Zayne, center, dances along with participants in the 38th Annual Kingdom Day Parade in Leimert Park.
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Three girls cheer on a friend participating in the 38th Annual Kingdom Day Parade in Leimert Park
From left, Moiya-Marie Callahan, 13, Narnia Blackwell, 15, and Laila Kane, 11, cheer on a friend participating in the 38th Annual Kingdom Day Parade in Leimert Park.
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Korean Dance Company, presented by Kim Eung Hwa, participates in the 38th Annual Kingdom Day Parade in Leimert Park.
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April Tardy with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department gets a hug from 3-year-old paradegoer Illy.
April Tardy with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department gets a hug from 3-year-old Illy, a paradegoer from Inglewood, while participating in the 38th Annual Kingdom Day Parade in Leimert Park.
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Parade participants with the League of Clowns in the 38th Annual Kingdom Day Parade in Leimert Park.
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Paradegoers watch participants in the 38th Annual Kingdom Day Parade in Leimert Park.
Paradegoers including Judson Howard, with his nieces Luna Edwards, 6, right, and Stella Edwards, 3, in his arms, watch participants in the 38th Annual Kingdom Day Parade in Leimert Park.
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Radio station Real 92.3 participates in the 38th Annual Kingdom Day Parade in Leimert Park.
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