DENVER (AP) - Officials including Denver Mayor Michael Hancock celebrated the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. in the city's annual "marade".

Monday's combination march and parade began with a rally at the King memorial in City Park before setting out down Colfax Avenue and past the state Capitol to Civic Center Park.

Last year, demonstrators protesting the death of a man in Denver's jail briefly took over the stage at the event. The protesters yielded, but some in the crowd jeered Hancock when he spoke.

Organizer Vern Howard told 9NEWS last week that the protests led sponsors to pull up to $57,000 in funding for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Colorado Holiday Commission. Besides the marade, the commission also distributes scholarships.

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