5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Monday, January 20

TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Monday, January 20.

(1) 29th annual MLK Drum Major for Justice National Parade

The 29th annual MLK Drum Major for Justice National Parade takes place in St. Petersburg on Monday.

The parade begins at 11:00 a.m. at the intersection of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Street and 3rd Avenue South.

The procession will then proceed north on MLK to Central Avenue, east along Central to Bayshore Drive and before turning to Fifth Avenue NE and disbanding into Vinoy and North Shore Parks.

Over the year, the parade has featured bands from over 15 states.

For more on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebrations in St. Petersburg, visit www.mlknationalparade.org.

(2) 25th annual MLK Jr. Parade

The 25th annual Tampa Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade on Monday.

The parade begins at noon at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and North 15th Street. From there the procession heads east on MLK before turning north on North 22nd Street and ending at Middleton High School.

ABC Action News' Laura Harris is the Grand Marshal of today's parade.

For more information on the parade, visit www.mlkjrparade.com .

The 4th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Festival will take place in nearby Belmont Heights Little League Park.

There will be live entertainment, food vendors, a car show, kids village, arts & crafts and a gospel explosion.

The Festival runs from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The park is located at 2101 E. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard in Tampa.

(3) Chick-fil-A MLK Day Blood Drive

Tampa Bay area Chick-fil-A restaurants will hold blood drive events on Monday for Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard.

All donors will receive a limited edition MLK blood drive T-shirt, coupons for free Chick-fil-A Breakfast Chick-n-Minis and Chicken Sandwich, and a free wellness checkup.

Generally, healthy people age 16 or older who weigh at least 110 pounds can donate blood. The blood drives will occur from 11:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The 18 participating Chick-fil-A store are located in Bradenton, Brandon, Clearwater, Lakeland, Largo, New Port Richey, Oldsmar, Pinellas Park, Seminole, St. Petersburg and Tampa.

To find the nearest location to you, visit www.oneblood.org/promotions/202857-chick-fil-a-mlk-blood-drive.stml or call (800) 682-5663.

(4) Epicurean Theater classes begin

Culinary classes begin on Monday at the new Epicurean Theater in Tampa.

The classes will take place in the brand new Epicurean Hotel's 32-seat theater. Topics being offered this month include "Champagne 101," "Sustainable Winemaking & Seafood," and "Mastering Food & Wine Pairing."

"Teaching these classes will be some of the biggest names in the culinary and wine world, as well as some of our own amazing local and regional talents," said Tom Haines, general manager of the Epicurean.

Prices for classes begin at $50 per person and are available at at cooking levels, from novice to expert. To reserve your spot for a class, visit www.EpicureanHotel.com/learn.

The Epicurean Hotel opened in December 2013. The food-focused hotel features a rooftop bar, the Chocolate Pi pâtisserie, a Bern's Fine Wines & Spirits wine shop and the Élevage restaurant.

(5) The Festival of Chocolate

The Festival of Chocolate wraps up on Monday at the Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa.

The three-day all-chocolate themed event features samples, demonstrations, competitions and classes. Area vendors will also be selling their treats.

Guests today can also go through the inaugural Great American Candy Run to win frozen treats. The Run allows you to jump, dig, and crawl your way through a confection adventure.

Admission to The Festival of Chocolate is included in MOSI admission (Adults: $21.95; Children: $17.95). Entry into The Great American Candy Run is $10 per person.

For more information on The Festival of Chocolate, visit www.tampa.festivalofchocolate.com or call (813) 987-6000.

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