Trae Pops Up All Over Houston For MLK Day Celebrations

By Allen Starbury & Niki G.  |  01/22/2009

2009-01-22 - Trae riding shotgun with Council Member Peter BrownOver the weekend, while celebrating MLK Day celebrations in Houston, Trae The Truth made his presence known. He showed up all over the city.

First the rapper served as Co-Grand Marshal of the 3rd Annual MLK Day Youth Parade on Saturday (January 17), and then followed with a surprise live performance at the 8th Annual MLK High School Battle of the Bands, where he was honored with a Humanitarian Award for all of his service to the community.

Trae surprised a packed stadium by appearing with the Willowridge High School "Mighty Eagle" Band, who won the award in the Large Band category. He performed his local smash, "Swang," as part of that band's set. It was one of the highlights of the evening and had many on their feet.

On Monday (January 19), the rapper found himself as the honored guest of 15th Annual MLK Day Grande Parade honoree, Council Member Peter Brown, with whom Trae often performs acts of community service. The two rode in a custom red drop-top custom previously owned by the late Pimp C, thanks to Chamillionaire's custom car shop Fly Rydes.

"This is part of a phenomenon that is happening all over this country," said Peter Brown of the events. "It feels like a spiritual awakening taking place all over the country, making us all brothers and sisters with the same common cause -- to improve the lives of everyone in our society. It is really fitting to the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. that we can all experience like brothers and sisters. It is exactly what MLK would have wanted."

At the end of the parade route, Trae stopped at a standing ice-cream truck with a crowd of kids around it and to the kids' delight, the ice cream was on him -- the entire truck.