In commemoration of Martin Luther King’s 90th birthday, Councilmember Haidar Awad joined California State Assembly member Autumn Burke on her entry in this year’s Kingdom Parade, the world’s largest skateboard. Also “onboard” were El Camino Board Trustee Nilo Michelin, Inglewood Mayor James Butts, Inglewood Councilmember Alex Padilla and Gardena Councilmember Mark Henderson.
“Assembly member Burke’s entry fit the parade’s theme of ‘Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds, Healthy Democracy’ by featuring local elected officials – democracy – on a symbol of athletic skill- healthy body,” said Councilmember Awad, “it was an honor to celebrate Dr. King’s lecagy with our Assembly member.”
The 34th Annual Kingdom Parade was held on Monday, January 21, 2019 and Broadcast live on ABC 7. The annual event presented by CORE-CA, Congress of Racial Equality, is the largest Martin Luther King Day parade and celebration in the country. L.A. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts served as this year’s grand marshal.
The skateboard was certified by Guinness World Records in 2010 as the official world record holder. The creation of The World’s Largest Skateboard is the brain child of Joe Ciaglia (California Skateparks) and professional skateboarer/entrepreneur Rob Dyrdek.
The completed board is 100% authentic to the exact specifications and quality of a real skateboard, designed and hand built in-house by CA skateparks craftsman. The board which has a value equivalent to an American sports car, features a 7 ply pressed wood deck (5 ½ inches thick with interior steel frame support), real grip tape, custom graphics, custom fabricated steel trucks with adjustable rubber bushings (modeled after Silver Trucks), rubber vehicle tires (2 foot 6 inch diameter), and bearings. The board is built on a 12.5:1 ratio to a standard size skateboard and meansures 36 feet 7 inches long and 8ft 8 inches wide, stands 3 feet 7 inches tall, and weighs in at over 3,600 pounds.