The City of Long Beach and Sixth District Councilman Dee Andrews, Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation & Marine and the Residents of Long Beach are pleased to announce that the 28th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace & Unity Parade Celebration will take place on Saturday, January 16, 2016 from 10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., in the City of Long Beach. This year’s theme is “Infinite Hope”.
This year there is reason to celebrate and reaffirm hope for the future. The 2015 celebration theme is “Infinite Hope”. One of Dr. King’s most insightful quotes, “we must accept finite disappointment but must never lose infinite hope.” The immense meaning is still reflective today as it was when Dr. King wrote this quote in his book, Strength to Love, in 1963. He reminds us when there is something we know deep down is right for us, we are supposed to understand there may be challenges and even things that feel insurmountable. But the most powerful thing you can and should do is maintain infinite hope. It will help you push through any disappointment and be the force that allows things to unfold just as they should.
“We all must face disappointments and setbacks throughout our lives. The key is to never give up hope. As we reach for our dreams, we must be aware of the fact that there may be setbacks and if we maintain infinite hope, as Dr. King teaches us, that set back will become our come back.” said Councilman Dee Andrews.
About the parade and celebration
On Saturday morning, January 16th, the parade will begin on Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue intersecting Anaheim Street, and is followed by a multi-cultural celebration at King Park located at 1950 Lemon Avenue. Last year, the celebration attracted over 25,000 people that participated in the parade and visited the park. This year, the weeklong celebration will attract cultures and residents from all over Long Beach to continue the legacy and teachings of a great leader, Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. For more information call (562) 570-6816.