Thousands March Peacefully in Annual May Day Rally in Downtown L.A.

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Thousands participated in peaceful May Day marches in downtown Los Angeles Friday evening, which snarled traffic but appeared to be winding down as scheduled.

The two marches, which called for immigration reform and higher minimum wages, took on the air of a carnival as they converged at Grand Park in front of City Hall before starting at Chinatown and at Broadway and Olympic Boulevard in the afternoon.

The marches forced closures of key downtown streets at the height of the Friday afternoon commute. It took one commuter nearly an hour to get from Boyle Heights to the Civic Center around 4 p.m.

The marchers called  for fair wages, rights for immigrants and an end to police brutality.

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