Tributes cover the pavements of Louisville, in memory of boxing legend Muhammad Ali.
The Kentucky city is preparing to welcome former US President Bill Clinton, Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan and actor Billy Crystal among thousands of mourners expected at his public funeral on Friday.
Presiding over the service will be California-based scholar and imam, Zaid Shakir.
“Mohammad Ali transcended any particular community,” he said. “He was a global figure. He is a giant. And I think it’s only fitting that all communities, all nations have an opportunity to participate in this last episode.”
Ali is internationally recognised as one of the greatest boxers of all time. His funeral is to be broadcast live on the Internet.