Las Vegas, Jan. 11, 2017 – MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) will return for the seventh consecutive year as the presenting sponsor of the 35th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade to be held on Monday, Jan. 16 at 10 a.m. in downtown Las Vegas.
Hailed as one of the nation's most popular annual parades celebrating the ideals and life of Dr. King, thousands are expected to line the Fourth Street parade route to commemorate Dr. King's legacy of promoting equality and human rights. The theme for this year’s parade is “Living the Dream: Reviving the Spirit of Empowerment.”
“MGM Resorts embraces Dr. King’s vision of a world where every American has equal freedom and opportunity to pursue life, liberty and happiness. We are proud to join our community and nation in honoring Dr. King’s historic legacy and his vital contributions to our world,” said Phyllis A. James, Chief Diversity and Corporate Responsibility Officer of MGM Resorts International.
Wendell P. Williams, Founder of the nonprofit Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee, says this year’s parade promises to provide a variety of entertainment, including floats, exotic vehicles, marching bands and dancers. Public officials and representatives of area nonprofit organizations are also expected to participate in the event.
“This parade is an excellent way for the community to unite together annually in honor of Dr. King’s extraordinary life, and to celebrate the freedoms won because of his fight for equal rights,” said Williams.
MGM Resorts has participated in the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade since 2003. Employee volunteers from MGM Resorts are expected to turn out in full force to march in the parade with an MGM Resorts float created by the company’s events department.
The parade route will start at Fourth Street and Gass Avenue, and head north on Fourth to Ogden Avenue, where it will conclude.
The parade is part of a series of events honoring Dr. King. For more information about these additional activities, please visit www.kingweeklasvegas.com.
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