DENVER -- Nearly 30 years ago, Wilma Webb ended her push to make Martin Luther King’s Birthday a state holiday.
The bill went to the Legislature in 1984 and, once passed, the Marade began making the trek from City Park to Civic Center Park.
“We come every year,” said Elise Lugemann. “I think what young people around the country are doing is very timely, in light of what has been going on around the country, with Ferguson and NYC.”
Most local politicians were in the march, from former Mayor Wellington Webb to current Mayor Mike Hancock.
From the very young to those who have made the march every year, with temps in the mid 50s, this was the walk to make. Thousands made the walk down Colfax to Civic Center, stopping at Colfax and Broadway for several minutes to reflect on King, Ferguson, New York City and other places which have known racial strife over the past few months.
As for the Denver Marade, the event continues to grow and become an event everyone wants to participate in -- many rounding out the day with the Bill Picket Rodeo at the Stock Show, where black cowboys show off their ropin, ridin and bronc riding skills.