By: C.N Staff Writer
On one of the coldest days of the year, along with everyone across the country, Ward 8 paid tribute to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with the 2016 MLK Peace Walk and Parade. From the sidewalks and curbs of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, the community witnessed floats, bands and organizations walk in honor of who the street was named after.
Not only local organizations and residents made up the crowd of thousands, but the city’s leading politicians were also in attendance with their color-coded supporters behind them. Mayor Muriel Bowser lead her office and supporters in green, greeting residents on both sides of the avenue, taking pictures and handing out beads. Ward 8’s Council member LaRuby May wasn’t too far behind her with a sea of supporters wearing purple and white behind her. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson and Council members Vincent Orange, Yvette Alexander, and Brandong Todd were also marching with their supporters.
Of course a parade would not be complete without mobile music. A float carrying a Congo drum group made its way through the crowd, shortly followed by popular go-go collective Junk Yard Band who really got the crowd warmed up and moving. The parade concluded with the traditional appearance of The Ballou Senior High School Band.