Hundreds of employee volunteers, family and friends marched alongside the Company float in the 32nd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade. Thousands of members of the community lined Fourth Street in downtown Las Vegas to watch nearly 130 floats, motorcades, marching bands and dance crews celebrate Dr. King's legacy of promoting human and equal rights.
MGM Resorts was the presenting sponsor of the parade for the fourth consecutive year. The Company has supported the parade since 2003.
"I wanted to be supportive of MGM Resorts and the community by walking alongside this awesome float," said Heather Alvarez, an Adventuredome Attractions Attendant and a first-time parade volunteer. "I think the big turnout shows a lot of diversity and pride – it's great. It's good to see the good side of Vegas."
This year's parade theme was "Living the Dream: Celebrating the Legacy; Daring to Dream." The MGM Resorts Events team created the impressive float, which featured a giant, life-like hand holding rings with the words "Dream," "Pride," "Change" and "Honor" attached.
"I wanted to come out and support the cause and celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. with everyone – it really brings people together," said Vince Saldaña, ARIA Business Services Center Supervisor and another first-year attendee. "I thought the outcome was outstanding. There was definitely a lot of motivation and teamwork."
The float's front boasted mosaic paintings of Dr. King's face, along with the words "Love" and "Hope," while the volunteers held six ribbons attached to the rings with phrases like "Dream for the Infinite Future" and "Judge by the Content of Character" written on them. The Inspiring Our World cast danced and sang their way along the parade route.
"MGM Resorts stands committed to advancing Dr. King's dream of a world where every American, and every human being, has equal rights to pursue life, liberty and happiness," said Chairman Jim Murren. "We proudly join the community in honoring Dr. King's historic legacy and supporting the ideals he so boldly stood for."