The city of Los Angeles is hosting a naming ceremony and street festival for President Barack Obama Boulevard on Saturday, May 4, from noon to 6 p.m. at the intersection of Rodeo Road and Martin Luther King Boulevard, next to the Dorsey High School football stadium.
The event will include musical entertainment by Doug E. Fresh, Yo-Yo, BJ the Chicago Kid, Battlecat, Kurupt, Alex Isley, Gavlyn, T-Lyons, DJ Tee, Verbs and DJ Qwesscoast. Kevin Nash and Dominique DiPrima will serve as masters of ceremonies.
Mayor Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson, Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and U.S. Rep. Karen Bass (D-Los Angeles) are partnering with the L.A. Urban League to hold the ceremony and festival. Numerous food trucks will participate, and the first 1,000 people in attendance will receive commemorative T-shirts.
The Los Angeles City Council approved a proposal by Wesson to name the 3.7-mile stretch of Rodeo Road between Jefferson Boulevard and Arlington Avenue as Obama Boulevard. The location is near Rancho Cienega Park, where then-Sen. Obama appeared at a rally prior to his being elected president.
The festival begins at noon, with the official naming ceremony at 5 p.m. The final musical artist will perform at 5:15 p.m. Admission is free. For information and to register, visit obamafest.eventbrite.com.
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