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Remembering MLK Jr's freedom at parade and festival

Construction zone sign posting Sunday MLK Jr Parade notice.
Construction zone sign posting Sunday MLK Jr Parade notice.
Adam Benjamin

This weekend's annual parade put on Sunday by Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity's local chapter has one golden rule. Float riders. Slow walkers. Drill teams and bands. The mixed crowd lining Harbor Drive from Date Street down along the turn along the east drive. Celebrate eye to eye, and hand in hand, the American peace Martin Luther King Jr. came to the streets to teach all peoples during the 1960s.

"Let freedom ring!" Words King asked never get silenced again draw a crowd's attention. To floats, decked with a liberty bell never forgotten, the parade's float judges judge for the just standing.

Two to five pm, January 19th, the marchers have time to keep faith in the common good that rings from the peaks of California. Freedom seen in all the faces. "I have a dream," King said in the world renowned speech the paraders took up for a starting ground. "It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream."

The 8 foot high to 17 foot high floats the black brothers in the fraternity lined up this weekend show the crowd the "soul force" King put his hopes in stays steady. Brothers and sisters in the annual parade have not settled for civil rights work done without full color.

Joining together in one group with the white brothers and sisters the civil rights leader lined up at his sides happens first on Saturday. The fraternity, together with The World Beat Center and Pazazz, give San Diegans the opportunity to exchange cultural stories at the annual Sheila Hardin Multi-Cultural Festival. Honoring San Diego's own community activist and civil rights leader.

Food, music, and dance found along the walk on the Martin Luther King Jr. promenade downtown, on Harbor Drive, between First Avenue and Fifth Avenue, made for all to enjoy together, settle, in San Diego, there is opportunity for all.

Near the downtown trolley tracks, the 18th, 11 am to 5 pm, the festival crowds will spread belief in San Diego's cultural diversity. The local equal men and women take time out of life to lean on each other for a little cultural learning.

San Diego's Sunday paraders might not have everything Martin Luther King Jr. hoped in to celebrate. An opportunity to live by a golden rule comes each year. This weekend, the drums beat again on Harbor Drive. Each beat another note in King's ongoing freedom movement. "Now is the time to make real the promise of Democracy."

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