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Parade to Mark Start of Kwanzaa in South L.A.

LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — The weeklong Kwanzaa holiday begins Wednesday and crowds are expected to gather in South Los Angeles to celebrate.

The 36th annual KwanZaa Gwaride Parade and Festival will start at 11 a.m. at the corner of Adams and Crenshaw boulevards.

Dr. Maulana Karenga, chair of Cal State Long Beach’s Department of Africana Studies, created Kwanzaa in 1966 in what he termed “an audacious act of self-determination.”

The holiday is based on seven principles: Unity, self-determination, responsibility and collective work, purpose, cooperative economics, faith and creativity.

Families often celebrate by lighting candles and serving traditional African foods.

While some people choose to fast during the holiday, there is generally a feast on the final night.

For more information on local celebrations, visit the KwanZaa in Los Angeles website.