Las Vegas, Jan. 9, 2015 – MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) will return as the presenting sponsor of the 33rd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade to be held on Monday, Jan. 19 at 10 a.m. in downtown Las Vegas.
Hailed as one of the nation's most popular annual parades celebrating the ideals and life of Dr. King, thousands are expected to line the Fourth Street parade route to commemorate Dr. King's legacy of promoting equal and human rights. The theme for this year’s parade is “Living the Dream: Where Do We Go From Here?”.
“MGM Resorts shares Dr. King’s dream of a world where every American, and every human being, has equal freedom to pursue life, liberty and happiness,” said Jim Murren, Chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International. “We are proud to join our community and nation in honoring Dr. King’s historic legacy and to uphold the ideals he so boldly fought for.”
In 2000, MGM Resorts became the first company in the gaming industry to adopt a formal diversity initiative. This is the fifth consecutive year MGM Resorts has served as the parade’s presenting sponsor. The company has supported the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade since 2003.
Wendell P. Williams, Founder of the nonprofit Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee, expects this year's event to be one of the most diverse ever, with more than 100 entries anticipated, including floats, marching bands, dancers, and motorcades featuring both cars and motorcycles. Public officials and representatives of area nonprofit organizations are also expected to participate in the event.
“Dr. King was one of the world's greatest human rights leaders. His blueprint for peace is still important today. The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Committee of Las Vegas is proud and honored to team with MGM Resorts International to continue his dream,” said Williams.
Employee volunteers from MGM Resorts are expected to turn out in full force to march in the parade with an MGM Resorts float created by the company’s events department.
The parade route will start at Fourth Street, and head north on Fourth to Ogden, where it will conclude.
The parade is part of a series of events honoring Dr. King and leading up to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, including a volunteer clean-up event involving MGM Resorts employees at Lone Mountain Park. For more information about additional activities, please visit www.kingweeklasvegas.com.