DENVER (KDVR) — The 38th annual Marade took place in Denver on Monday to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The Marade is a combination of march and parade. The theme of this year’s Marade is “Strength through Justice.”

“I’m so honored to keep recognizing the great MLK,” Maurice McFalls, commander of the American Legion Post 29, said along the route.

Marchers assembled at King Memorial at City Park at 9:30 a.m. The Marade kicked off from there at 10:45 a.m. and proceeded from East Colfax Avenue to Civic Center Park. The event was expected to attract more than 60,000 marchers, making it one of the largest celebrations honoring Dr. King in the country.

“It doesn’t matter your heritage, it doesn’t matter what color race you are, it’s important to be as one and grow and have unity,” said Kenya Richardson, who attended the march.

East Colfax was shut down from near East High School to Civic Center Park.

The free event at the park began at 12 p.m. and included speeches by former Denver Mayor Wellington Webb, Gov. Jared Polis and Sen. John Hickenlooper.

FOX31’s Courtney Fromm contributed to this report.