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Parades, community service on King day in La.

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Posted: Jan 21, 2013 4:25 PM
Source: Associated Press

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NEW ORLEANS - Parades, speeches, prayer and community service marked the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday around Louisiana.

In Baton Rouge people painted homes and cleaned school campuses as part of a day of service organized by the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.

Many marchers held pictures of King as a procession honoring him weaved through a neighborhood in downtown Covington on Monday

In Monroe, employees of a bank planted trees at the Opportunities Industrialization Center of Ouachita, a United Way agency that educates and seeks employment for the disadvantaged.

In New Orleans, the city's annual Martin Luther King day memorial march stepped off from City Hall on Monday morning.

Despite the celebration of King's message of non-violent social change, the day in New Orleans was marred by violence. Five teenagers were wounded when someone fired shots near an intersection where the parade had passed less than an hour earlier. None of the injuries was believed life-threatening.

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