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

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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 ending and the sky clearing for the procession.

The Grand Marshal was George C. Fatheree III, the leader of a team of lawyers that secured the return of Bruce’s Beach to the descendants of Willa and Charles Bruce nearly a century after it was taken by Manhattan Beach.

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

Jovian Zayne, center, dances with participants in the 38th annual Kingdom Day Parade in Leimert Park.

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Three girls cheer on a friend who takes part 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 taking part in the 38th annual Kingdom Day Parade in Leimert Park.

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Korean Dance Company, hosted by Kim Eung Hwa, participates in the 38th annual Kingdom Day Parade at Leimert Park.

Korean Dance Company, hosted by Kim Eung Hwa, participates in the 38th annual Kingdom Day Parade at Leimert Park.

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April Tardy of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department gets a hug from 3-year-old parade-goer Illy.

April Tardy of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department gets a hug from 3-year-old Illy, an Inglewood paradegoer, as she participates 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 at Leimert Park.

Parade participants with the League of Clowns in the 38th annual Kingdom Day Parade at 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 Leimertpark.

Radio station Real 92.3 participates in the 38th Annual Kingdom Day parade in Leimertpark.

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