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Thousands of people, many carrying signs calling for peace and diversity, marched a two-mile route in Denver to remember Martin Luther King Junior and honor his message of nonviolent change.

The 20th annual "marade" -- a combination march and parade -- started with a ceremony to lay a wreath at the foot of a statue of King in Denver's City Park. It will end at Civic Center Park between the state Capitol and Denver City and County Building with a program of speeches and other presentations.

The marade has drawn as many as 30-thousand people in recent years.

Many people brought their children in an effort to make sure they understand why they got the day off school.

Darnell Slaughter -- a teacher at the private Colorado Academy -- says she works to make sure her daughters and other students at the school understand the importance of diversity and integration. Airplane pilot Darryl Searuggs brought his son and daughter to today's event to try to instill in them the widely held belief that there is still work to be done to achieve King's vision.

Other events were scheduled around the state, including marches in Fort Collins and Boulder.