LEANDER, Texas (KXAN) — The City of Leander celebrated its first MLK Day parade and street festival to honor Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Monday morning.

Organizers and attendees called the event a success with a strong turnout from the community. City officials said the free event was centered around the theme of “Community Unity – Bright & Bold.”

“It warms my heart because it’s been a long time coming. When I first moved to Leander, I was not comfortable. Definitely it’s progress. I can go into the store and see people that look like me — when I first moved out here that wasn’t the case,” a Leander resident said Monday.

Communities across Central Texas celebrated the civil rights icon Monday with marches, parades and acts of service.

KXAN photojournalist Frank Martinez chronicled the Leander parade in the video above.