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PHOTOS: Rain doesn’t dampen excitement of Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade

Jeff Scheid
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Thousands of spectators braved the wind and rain to celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. at the 41st annual parade in Las Vegas. From floats to marching bands, church groups to drill teams, the line stretched out for hours.

This is the second year the parade has been back in person after going virtual during the pandemic. This year’s theme was "Living the Dream — It Starts with Me (Shifting Priorities to Create the Beloved Community)."

The parade was founded by former state lawmaker Wendell P. Williams in 1982 and started out with just 13 entries. This year there were more than 140.

Photographer Jeff Scheid captured the scene for The Nevada Independent.

Students from Dr. Beverly Mathis Elementary School perform during the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade in downtown Las Vegas on Monday, Jan. 16, 2023. (Jeff Scheid/The Nevada Independent)
Felicia Weathers with Militant Warriors for Christ performs during the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade in downtown Las Vegas on Monday, Jan. 16, 2023. (Jeff Scheid/The Nevada Independent)
Justyn Boumah, a 7-year-old entrepreneur and grand marshal in the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade in downtown Las Vegas on Monday, Jan. 16, 2023. (Jeff Scheid/The Nevada Independent)
Inferno Cheer & Dance group performs during the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade in downtown Las Vegas on Monday, Jan. 16, 2023. (Jeff Scheid/The Nevada Independent)
Children hold umbrellas while watching the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade in downtown Las Vegas on Monday, Jan. 16, 2023. (Jeff Scheid/The Nevada Independent)
The MGM float during the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade in downtown Las Vegas on Monday, Jan. 16, 2023. (Jeff Scheid/The Nevada Independent)
Marshall Thompson with The Chi-Lites acknowledges the crowd during the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade in downtown Las Vegas on Monday, Jan. 16, 2023. (Jeff Scheid/The Nevada Independent)
A member of the Doolittle Active Adults during the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade in downtown Las Vegas on Monday, Jan. 16, 2023. (Jeff Scheid/The Nevada Independent)
Spectators watch the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade in downtown Las Vegas on Monday, Jan. 16, 2023. (Jeff Scheid/The Nevada Independent)
Students from Wendell P. Williams Elementary School carry signs during the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade in downtown Las Vegas on Monday, Jan. 16, 2023. (Jeff Scheid/The Nevada Independent)
A sorority group performs during the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade in downtown Las Vegas on Monday, Jan. 16, 2023. (Jeff Scheid/The Nevada Independent)
Grand marshals Ava, 8, and Justyn Boumah, 7, during the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade in downtown Las Vegas on Monday, Jan. 16, 2023. (Jeff Scheid/The Nevada Independent)
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