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Thousands participate in Denver's Martin Luther King Jr. 'marade'

5:56 PM, Jan 20, 2014   |    comments
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DENVER - Denver hosted one of the largest Martin Luther King Jr. Marades in the country on Monday.

Marade is a combination of march and a parade.

It started at City Park at 9 a.m. and ended in Civic Center Park.

The day's events commemorated the life of Doctor Martin Luther King Jr.

Visitors can get in free to several national parks and monuments in Colorado on MLK Jr. Day. The parks participating include Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Colorado National Monument, the Great Sand Dunes National Park, Mesa Verde and Rocky Mountain National Park.

The nation will honor the legacy of slain civil rights leader MLK Jr. Across the country, hundreds of thousands of Americans will honor MLK's 85th birthday and church services and tributes.

The King family will lay a wreath at the monument honoring Dr. King in Washington D.C. His daughter, Bernice, is urging a day of nonviolence.

Government offices, the postal services and many other businesses are closed on Monday to mark the holiday. If you have the day off, you are encouraged to volunteer. It's known at Martin Luther King Day of Service. The president and first lady will participate with service in Washington, as they have done in years past.

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