Photos: Cold And Snow Can’t Stop Denver’s 2018 Marade Honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

January 15, 2018
Photo: Marade 2018
Former Denver Mayor Wellington Webb and his wife, former state lawmaker Wilma Webb, at the center of the lead off group of dignitaries at the 2018 Martin Luther King Day Marade, Monday Jan. 15, 2018. 

Bitter cold, snow and icy streets proved no impediment to those gathering in Denver Monday morning for the 32nd annual Marade to mark the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Numerous speakers took turns calling for a renewed fight for unity and racial justice, and opposition to white nationalism.

"We’re here today to say we are not going back," said former state lawmaker Wilma Webb, who pushed for a law making the day a state holiday before it was a national holiday. Her husband, former Denver mayor Wellington Webb, called President Trump "that white nationalist in the White House."

"If we can survive slavery, we can survive that man in the White House," he said.

After speeches next to the Martin Lither King Jr. state in City Park, the Marade stepped off down along the Esplanade in front of East High School, then turned west on Colfax Avenue before ending in City Park.

Photo: Marade 2018, Wilma Webb
Wilma Webb speaks before the 2018 Marade in Denver, Jan. 15, 2018.
Photo: Marade 2018, Wellington Webb
Former Denver Mayor Wellington Webb drew cheers when he referred to President Donald Trump as a "white nationalist."
Photo: Marade 2018 Singers
Singing to the crowd before the start of the 2018 Marade. 
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A protester carrying sign before the 2018 Marade.
Photo: Marade 2018, protesters quote King
Before the start of the 2018 Marade, protesters carry signs quoting Martin Luther King Jr. 
Photo: Marade 2018, Statue of Martin Luther King Jr. in Denver's City Park
Statue of Martin Luther King Jr. in Denver's City Park.
Photo: Marade 2018 Hickenlooper
Gov. John Hickenlooper speaks before the 2018 Marade.
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Sen. Michael Bennet speaks before the 2018 Marade in Denver's City Park.
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U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, whose district includes Aurora, one of the most diverse cities in the state, speaks before the 2018 Marade in Denver's City Park.
Photo: Marade 2018, DeGette
U.S. Rep. Dianna DeGette, whose district includes Denver, speaks before the 2018 Marade.
Photo: Marade 2018, Esplanade View back to City Park
The Marade crowd on the Esplanade as it approaches Colfax Avenue, with participants stretching far into City Park in the distance.