Events to mark Martin Luther King, Jr. Day around Tampa Bay

2014 MLK Jr. Festival
Monday, Jan. 20 10am – 5pm
Belmont Heights Little League Park
2101 East MLK Jr. Blvd, Tampa
Hosted by East Tampa Business and Civic Association. For more information, call (813) 248 – 3977
25th Annual MLK Jr. Parade – TAMPA
Monday, Jan. 20 Noon
Kicks off at N. 15street along MLK Jr. Boulevard
Traveling east & ending at 22 Street and E. Osborne Avenue
For map of parade route, visit
St. Petersburg: 
Monday, January 20. 7:30 a.m.
St. Petersburg Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N.
Individual tickets, $25. Keynote speaker: Delatorro McNeal II.
For more information, contact the National Council of Negro Women St. Petersburg Metropolitan Section, 727-896-6556 or visit
Monday, January 20. 11 a.m.
Parade begins at Third Ave. S. and Dr. Martin Luther King St., proceeds north to Central Ave., east to Bayshore Drive NE, and north to Fifth Ave. NE, disbanding at Vinoy Park.
For parade route, visit or call (727) 388-9494.
Plant City  
Freedom Walk
Monday Jan. 20 10:00 A.M. TO 2:00 P.M.
Cooper Park
Bing Rooming House Tours
Featured Movie "School Daze"
For more information, visit
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade - "Dream beyond measures"
When: 10 a.m. Monday, January 20th, 2014
Where: The lineup begins near Hernando High School at the corner of Varsity and Oakwood drives on the north side of Brooksville. The parade will travel west down Oakwood to Howell Avenue, then go south on Howell before turning east onto Fort Dade Avenue and ending at Bell Avenue.
Sarasota's 31st Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Celebration
Memorial Breakfast and Community Awards
Monday, Jan. 20: 7:30 a.m.
Robert L. Taylor Community Complex, 1845 34th St., Sarasota
$20 per person.
Theme: "Creating the Beloved Community," referencing Dr. King's call "for a qualitative change in our souls as well as a quantitative change in our lives" to address the violence wielded against nonviolent protesters in the 1960s.  The 2014 Awards will be presented to The Honorable Charles E. Williams for Public Service; Embracing Our Differences will receive the Diversity Award, and the Friends of North Sarasota Library will be recognized for 10 years of Community Service. Edward James III returns home to Sarasota to deliver the keynote address at the breakfast.
Stride Toward Freedom Community Walk
Monday, Jan. 20: 11 a.m.
from Robert. L Taylor Community Complex, 1845 34th St., Sarasota
to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park, intersection of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way and Cocoanut Avenue.
Concert Noon – 5pm
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park
(intersection of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Way and Cocoanut Avenue)
Mainstage with gospel and entertainment, food court, children's art circle and Mote Marine exhibit, family literacy activities and Whitaker Bayou cleanup, nonprofit service provider outreach and Bay Pines veterans outreach. For information, email:


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