St. Pete Celebrates Martin Luther King Day with Nine Events
The city kicks off the celebration Sunday (Jan. 8).The 32nd Annual “MLK Dream Big” Parade on Jan. 16 anchors St. Pete’s celebration.
ST. PETERSBURG – This city is holding an extensive lineup of events to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Jan. 16).
The celebration includes nine events:
SOUNDS OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT:THE POWER OF SONG
3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday (Jan. 8) and 7 p.m. Monday (Jan. 9)
Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N
Free admission; tickets required and available at box office, (727) 822-3590.
mypalladium.org or thepowerofsong.org
36th ANNUAL MLK HIGH SCHOOL ESSAY CONTEST FINALS
7 p.m. Thursday (Jan 12)
Students make their final oratorical presentations at the Enoch Davis Center, 1111 18th Ave. S.
Free and open to the public. Cosponsored by the St. Petersburg Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Organization. and Theta Eta Lambda Education Foundation of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. For information, call Lynette Buchanan, (727) 893-7134.
DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. CANDLELIGHT VIGIL
6 p.m. Jan. 14
Carter G. Woodson African-American Museum, 2240 Ninth Ave. S
MLK INTERFAITH MEMORIAL SERVICE
4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 15
Christ Gospel Church, 2512 22nd Ave. S
“Injustice Anywhere is a Threat to Justice Everywhere.”
Keynote speaker: Jason Charos, senior at Gibbs High School /Pinellas County Center for the Arts. Featuring local choirs and winner of the MLK Student Essay contest. Sponsored by Interfaith Tampa Bay. For information, call (727) 560-2567.
“MLK DREAM BIG” BLOCK PARTY
6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Jan. 15
Along the Deuces, 22nd Street S from Ninth to 13th avenues.
Featuring Florida A&M University and Tuskegee University marching bands, local jazz bands, high schools bands and more.
31st ANNUAL MLK LEADERSHIP AWARDS BREAKFAST
7:30 a.m. Jan. 16
Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N
Keynote speaker: Roslyn Brock, NAACP National Board Chair. Presented by St. Petersburg Metropolitan Section / National Council of Negro Women Inc. For information, call (727) 896-6556. Tickets, $30/advance; $35/door, available at Coliseum Box Office, (727) 892-5202 or Mlkbreakfaststpete.
FIFTH ANNUAL MLK DAY OF SERVICE
8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 16 Locations throughout St. Petersburg
For information, go to spcollege.edu/MLKservice
32nd ANNUAL “MLK DREAM BIG” PARADE
11 a.m. Jan. 16
Please note the new route. The parade reverses course for 2017: Parade begins at Central Avenue and Second Street, heads west to MLK/9th Street., turns south for one block, then turns west, proceeds along First Avenue S to 16th Street turns south again to Third Avenue S, disbanding near Lot 1, Tropicana Field.
Grand Marshal: Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
For information, go to MLKdreambig.com
SECOND ANNUAL “MLK DREAM BIG” 2017 FAMILY FUN FESTIVAL
2:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 16, immediately after the MLK Parade.
East side of Tropicana Field, Parking Lot 7A. Free admission. Free activities, games and more. Live entertainment, Kids Zone, food and art vendors (items available for purchase).
Disabled parking in Trop Lot 6, enter from First Avenue S near 14th Street. Some public parking in Tropicana Lots 8 and 9. For information, or for vendors to register, call (727) 321-7919 or go to MLKdreambig.com.
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