MIAMI
01/21/2014 08:20 am ET | Updated Jan 25, 2014

Miami's MLK Parade Is A Serious Party

From as far away as Jamaica and the Bahamas, marching bands found their way to Miami Monday to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The city's annual parade has become, like most Miami celebrations, an hours-long multicultural extravaganza. Marching its way up NE 54th Street through Liberty City, the parade showed off everything from the nation's no. 1 high school football team -- Miami's Booker T. Washington Tornadoes -- to a blue hearse with an anti-gun message to Caribbean Carnival dancers to a group crusading for Haitian human rights. Check out photos below:

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    Members of a Caribbean carnival group marches in the MLK parade in Miami, Monday, Jan. 20, 2014. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is honored across the country annually on the third Monday in January with Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. He was the most visible figure in the Civil Rights movement. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)
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    Jarmal and Jayunna Miller watch the MLK parade in Miami, Monday, Jan. 20, 2014. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is honored across the country annually on the third Monday in January with Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. He was the most visible figure in the Civil Rights movement. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)
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    A member of a Caribbean carnival dance group marches in the MLK parade in Miami, Monday, Jan. 20, 2014. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is honored across the country annually on the third Monday in January with Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. He was the most visible figure in the Civil Rights movement. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)
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    A member of a Caribbean carnival dance group marches in the MLK parade in Miami, Monday, Jan. 20, 2014. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is honored across the country annually on the third Monday in January with Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. He was the most visible figure in the Civil Rights movement. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)
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    Members of the Haitian League of Human Rights demand that the Dominican Republic give Haitians living there more rights and protection during the MLK parade in Miami, Monday, Jan. 20, 2014. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is honored across the country annually on the third Monday in January with Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. He was the most visible figure in the Civil Rights movement. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)
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    Peaches Henderickerson, from the Fun Generation carnival dance group marches in the MLK parade in Miami, Monday, Jan. 20, 2014. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is honored across the country annually on the third Monday in January with Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. He was the most visible figure in the Civil Rights movement. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)
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    Isaiah and Sharena Harris watch the MLK parade in Miami, Monday, Jan. 20, 2014. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is honored across the country annually on the third Monday in January with Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. He was the most visible figure in the Civil Rights movement. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)
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    A member of a Caribbean carnival dance group marches in the MLK parade in Miami, Monday, Jan. 20, 2014. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is honored across the country annually on the third Monday in January with Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. He was the most visible figure in the Civil Rights movement. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)
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    A car in the MLK parade in Miami, Monday, Jan. 20, 2014 honors Dr. King. The King Holiday Parade and Non-violence March featured local marching bands, drum lines, floats and thousands of marchers from local social, civic, cultural and religious organizations. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

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