Los Angeles To Celebrate The Naming Of Obama Boulevard With Day-Long Festival
The street name will replace Rodeo Road where the former president held one of his first campaign rallies.
April 24, 2019 at 12:11 am
Los Angeles is honoring former President Barack Obama with his very own Boulevard, and the free day-long event will include top performers and a street festival.
KTLA 5 reports the Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved President Herb Wesson's proposal for the street renaming of Rodeo Road last August. The street, which expands 3.7 miles, is being renamed after the 44th president.
The officiation festival will take place on Saturday, May 4, and will be held at the intersection of Rodeo Road and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. The neighborhood, primarily belonging to Black residents of Baldwin Hills and Crenshaw, is in South Los Angeles.
The road is significant to the city and the former head of state who held one of his first presidential campaign gatherings in 2007 at Rancho Cienega Park on the strip.
According to the official Eventbrite page, the block will reportedly establish a "Presidential Row," which currently includes previously honored presidents with streets in the area: [George] Washington Boulevard, [John] Adams Boulevard, [Thomas] Jefferson Boulevard and now [Barack] Obama Boulevard.
Musicians and local food vendors will jumpstart the event at noon, and the ceremony is expected to begin at 5 p.m., 15 minutes before the final musical performance of the night. Local, state and federal government officials such as Council President Herb Wesson, Los Angeles Urban League President Michael Lawson, Congresswoman Karen Bass and others will be present.
Artists scheduled to hit the stage include Doug E. Fresh, BJ The Chicago Kid, Kurupt and others.
The free ticketed event allows up to six tickets per home and is limited to Los Angeles residents with local zip codes.
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