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Walk the Talk Parade Creates Community in Skid Row


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The Los Angeles Poverty Department held its fourth incarnation of the biennial Walk the Talk Parade and Performance on Saturday, April 21, in Skid Row. The event chronicles and celebrates the history of Skid Row and those who work, live and contribute to the neighborhood.

“The idea is to put all these people out there who are not recognized,” John Malpede, LAPD founder, told L.A. Weekly last week.

The goal of the parade is bringing a sense of engagement and community to an area not often thought of in terms of “community.” Organizers describe the event as a “people’s history” of the community.

All photos by Ted Soqui

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