Thousands attend Denver MLK ‘marade'

9NEWS at 5 p.m. 01/18/16.

DENVER – Thousands marched through the streets of Denver Monday morning to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. – and some of them seized the opportunity to criticize Denver Mayor Michael Hancock's policies.

The annual "marade" – a term that combines march and parade – started at City Park and ended in Civic Center Park.

Denver has one of the largest gatherings in the country, with tens of thousands taking part in the event.

"Every year we show up and I look at the faces of children, in this city and throughout the state, and it's a reminder of the promise we owe to them, to not only show up on MLK Day, but to live the ideals and values of Dr. King every day," Hancock said.

During the ceremony, Black Lives Matter protesters shouted demands and jeered at the mayor, saying they are upset with civilians at the hands of police and sheriff's deputies.

They accused Hancock of failing to release information and punishing those responsible.

Last year, an estimated 40,000 people marched in the parade route – a number that shattered previous attendance records. Some credited the frustration with recent police killings over the large turnout, as well as the warm weather.

On April 4, 1985, Colorado's Governor Dick Lamm signed the legislation into law making the birth date of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. a Colorado holiday.

(© 2016 KUSA)


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