LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Thousands of people across Louisville celebrated the message of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Monday.

The annual motorcade and rally was underway at noon. The message this year was: "Stop the Killing."

Officials and community members take part in the motorcade year after year to honor and remind everyone of Dr. King, Jr.'s message. Part of that is remembering the 117 homicide victims who lost their lives in 2016 to gun violence in the city of Louisville.

"For the rest of 2017, stop the killing," said George Burney, parade organizer. "That's our theme. I want that to be your theme too. Don't be no snitch, you be a good citizen. Call in if you know something. Call in if you know something. You're not a snitch, you're a good citizen."

It's the 45th year for the event. Organizers say they started out with just 10 cars, but by noon, they estimated that hundreds of vehicles were taking part in the parade.

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