Matt Kemp named celebrity Grand Marshal of MLK Parade Saturday.

Matt Kemp will serve as the celebrity Grand Marshal in the 28th annual Kingdom Day Parade in South Los Angeles on Saturday, the Dodgers announced. Matt KempThe parade, in recognition of Martin Luther King Day, will be broadcast on KABC (Channel 7) and is southern California’s largest King Day celebration.

Kemp will be among thousands of participants along a parade route that begins at Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and Western Ave. in South Los Angeles. Kemp will be joined by Dodger alumni Bobby Castillo, Tommy Davis, Al “The Bull” Ferrara, “Sweet” Lou Johnson, Lee Lacy, Ken Landreaux, Tim Leary, Wes Parker, Dennis Powell, Derrel Thomas and Maury Wills, who will be riding in the Dodger fire truck.

The Dodgers are among the sponsors of the 28th annual Kingdom Day parade themed “His Dream Will Never Die.” The Kingdom Day Parade, which is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. at the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and Western Ave., commemorates the life and legacy of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. King and wife Coretta Scott King.

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.