October 15, 2013, 9:39 am — – What’s Next Now is excited to be teaming up with the residents of Long Beach for the 26th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace & Unity Parade and Celebration, on Saturday, January 18, 2014. The parade kicks off at 10:30 am at the intersection of Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue and Anaheim Street. The celebration follows from 12:30 pm to 5:00 pm, at Martin Luther King Jr. Park, located at 1950 Lemon Avenue, Long Beach, CA.
What’s Next Now. Org is continuing its mission of uniting people and resources to build a stronger, healthier community by working with residents of the City of Long Beach. This year, this local nonprofit organization will be uniting agencies, organizations and speakers for the 26th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace & Unity Parade and Celebration.
“We’re passionately committed to demonstrating our strong commitment to diversity and meeting the needs of underserved communities,” said David Meade, Chief Executive Officer of What’s Next Now. Org. “The annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade and Celebration will allow us the opportunity to bring together our corporate and community partners to assist the residents of Long Beach.”
Following the parade is the Celebration, located at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, 1950 Lemon Avenue. Thousands of people will gather to honor the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a free celebratory afternoon of music featuring the powerful work of artists whose vision coincides with King’s voice for justice, peace and civil rights. The celebration also features Dreamland, an entire area dedicated to our youth to uphold the legacy of Dr. King. The youth area has all sorts of activities for kids that include free carnival rides, arts & crafts booth, and their own entertainment stage.
Currently, applications are being accepted for sponsorship, parade participants, vendors, performers, and volunteers. Community groups and organizations are encouraged to participate. Parade application fee is $85.00 and vendor fee’s range from $350 to $150. For more information call (562) 570-6816.