7 July : The hearse carrying the body of 'King of Pop' Michael Jackson arrived at the Staples Centre from the Forest Lawn Memorial Park where the pop legend's family held a private memorial service.
The public memorial service of Jackson will be attended by 17,500 fans and will be viewed by approximately a billion people worldwide.
The family of Jackson had said their good byes in private at a ceremony which was attended by the pop icon's three young children among others.
The family arrived at the cemetery in a caravan of limousines escorted by the California Highway Patrol officers.After the service the hearse containing Jackson's casket was taken to the Staples Centre amid tight security.
The casket of superstar Michael Jackson.The CHP (California Highway Patrol)temporarily shut down parts of the 405, 134 and 101 freeways to allow the hearse and it's security motorcade to pass.Fans wearing gold and silver wristbands had begun streaming into the Staples Centre in downtown Los Angeles early in the morning, even as police cordoned off the area.
The tickets and wristbands to the event were distributed Monday through an online lottery system.Those wearing gold wristbands were told that they would watch the event live in Staples Center; those with silver bands will watch it live from the nearby Nokia Theatre.