Thousands of people lined the streets of downtown Las Vegas for the 37th annual MLK Day Parade.
While some fights broke out and two people were taken into custody for battery — for most people it was a day to celebrate Dr. King.
For some local families, Dr. King’s birthday means more than just a day off of work or school. For many, it was a day to reflect on his legacy and why his message of peace and equality remains relevant more than four decades after his death.
“It’s all about coming together and you know, just being one person. It’s not about what race is greater than the other. It’s honoring Martin Luther King’s dream,” said Kyrie Pirtle, parade attendee.
The parade drew large crowds together to honor and celebrate the civil rights leader. This year’s theme: “One people, one nation, one dream.”
“Unification, you know that was his dream, is that we all live together as one people,” said Charlene Reeves, Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, Inc.
“Strength, a voice, positivity, a movement, for us to move forward and to gain more respect,” said Karin Nelson-Knight, Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, Inc.
“It’s about more now than ever making that dream a reality, especially in this time and this age that we’re in, the things that we’re dealing with and that fight back then, is still the fight now,” said Dr. Rabiyyah Hazziez, Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, Inc.
Newly elected Governor Steve Sisolak has attended the MLK Day parade for many years but this is his first as Nevada’s top leader.
“It’s a tremendous opportunity for people to remember and reflect upon the legacy of Dr. King. I mean, how much he did and we started a peace week, we call it a peace week in Nevada which is extremely important and I think his example needs to be continued forward,” said Gov. Sisolak.
Dr. King would have turned 90 on Jan. 15.
But his legacy lives on.
“My class always helps me and cheers each other on that we can be like him,” said Giulianna Levine, secon grader.
There was a minor hiccup at the parade. Senator Jacky Rosen fell down while greeting people in the crowd.
A spokesperson for her office says she got her wrist checked out as a precaution.
There was a fight that broke out involving two men. Officers arrested both on charges of battery. As a result, some other fights broke out following the incident.