Los Angeles to Change Name of Rodeo Road to ‘Obama Boulevard’ Next Weekend

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is changing the name of Rodeo Road to “Obama Boulevard” in a ceremony next weekend.

Garcetti served as a California co-chairman for Obama’s 2008 campaign and was endorsed by the former president during his reelection campaign in 2017.

The Los Angeles City Council voted to change the name of the road to honor the former president in August. The new “Obama Blvd.” will intersect with Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard.

The mayor said at the time that “Angelenos and visitors will forever be reminded of the legacy of President [Barack Obama] when traveling across L.A.”

 

To celebrate the politically-charged renaming, the city will be holding a street festival with DJs and food trucks.

“It’s here! Join us May 4 for the Obama Blvd. naming ceremony and street festival! The event is FREE to the public but tickers are limited, so sign up to reserve your spot today,” Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson tweeted on Tuesday.

The event page for the street festival boasts that “the location selected for the ceremony and festival is where Obama Boulevard will intersect with Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, creating one of the most significant African American points of interest in the country.”

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