LAS VEGAS, Jan. 10, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Thousands of Las Vegans are expected to line downtown streets Monday, Jan. 15, to cheer on participants of the 36th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade. For the eighth consecutive year, MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) returns as the presenting sponsor of the parade, themed "Living the Dream - Building a Bridge to Unity." Hailed as one of the nation's largest parades west of the Mississippi River celebrating the ideals and life of Dr. King, the parade will kick off at 10 a.m. with the route starting at Fourth Street and Gass Avenue. It will continue north on Fourth to Ogden Avenue, where it will conclude. Wendell P. Williams, founder of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee, the nonprofit organization that plans and hosts the parade, says this year's parade promises to provide a variety of entertainment, including floats, exotic vehicles, marching bands and dancers. Public officials and representatives of area nonprofit organizations are also expected to participate in the event. "As we all strive for a better world, the King parade is an excellent way to demonstrate our unified commitment to peace and brotherhood," Williams said. MGM Resorts has participated in the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade since 2003. Hundreds of employee volunteers from the company are expected to turn out in full force to march in the parade with an MGM Resorts float created by the company's special events department. "Our company shares Dr. King's vision of a world of universal respect for human dignity where every human being has equal freedom to pursue life, liberty and happiness. We are proud to join our community in honoring Dr. King's historic legacy and marching a little closer toward an America that aligns with the highest ideals," said Phyllis A. James, Chief Diversity and Corporate Responsibility Officer for MGM Resorts International. Dozens of Las Vegas employees from MGM Resorts will also honor Dr. King's legacy through participation in several service projects across the Las Vegas Valley starting Jan. 12. Cleaning donated books, serving meals at local nonprofits and picking up trash in community parks are among the projects that volunteers plan to support. Similar activities are planned across the company's domestic regional operations, as well. In what has become a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day tradition, employees from Gold Strike Tunica in Mississippi will volunteer by providing information and directional assistance to guests visiting the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn. The museum, located on the site of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., chronicles the history of the American civil rights and draws thousands of visitors each year. For more information, please visit www.kingweeklasvegas.com. About MGM Resorts International MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) is an S&P 500® global entertainment company with national and international locations featuring best-in-class hotels and casinos, state-of-the-art meetings and conference spaces, incredible live and theatrical entertainment experiences, and an extensive array of restaurant, nightlife and retail offerings. MGM Resorts creates immersive, iconic experiences through its suite of Las Vegas-inspired brands. The MGM Resorts portfolio encompasses 27 unique hotel offerings including some of the most recognizable resort brands in the industry. The company is expanding throughout the U.S. and around the world, developing MGM Springfield in Massachusetts and MGM COTAI in Macau, and debuting the first international Bellagio branded hotel in Shanghai. The 77,000 global employees of MGM Resorts are proud of their company for being recognized as one of FORTUNE® Magazine's World's Most Admired Companies®. For more information visit us at www.mgmresorts.com.