Parades, festivals and breakfasts for MLK Day

Parades

. 24th Annual National MLK Drum Major for Justice Parade

The parade draws a huge crowd to downtown St. Petersburg and includes bands from across the country, floats and civic organizations. (Good to keep in mind if you're trying to drive through St. Pete.) The route begins at Third Avenue S and Martin Luther King Jr. Street, proceeds north to Central Avenue, east to Bayshore Drive, and north to Fifth Avenue N, disbanding at Vinoy Park. 11 a.m. to about 2 p.m. Mon. Free. (727) 893-7134.

Martin Luther King Jr. Parade

The 1.5-mile 22nd annual community parade includes floats, area school bands, marching groups and more. This parade also serves as a fundraiser for the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund. The parade route will head east on Martin Luther King Boulevard in Tampa starting at 15th to 22nd streets, then north on 22nd Street to Osborne Avenue. Noon-3 p.m. Mon. Free. (813) 886-1375. tampagov.net.

Plant City Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Parade

The parade themed "A Dream . . . With a New Beginning" includes police motorcycle units, color guards, floats, marching bands and more. Sets up adjacent to Knotts Team Sports, proceeds up MLK Boulevard and ends at Marshall Middle School in Plant City. 1 p.m. Sat. Free. (813) 757-6760. plantcitymlkfestival.com.

Happenings

Martin Luther King Jr. Drum Major for Justice Battle of the Bands and Drum Major Extravaganza

Performances by marching bands and drum lines from across the country. 6 p.m. Sun. Tropicana Field, 1 Stadium Drive, St. Petersburg. $10 advance, $12 at the door, $15 VIP. (727) 327-0085. mlknationalparade.org.

Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival

Celebrate the festival's 10th anniversary at this two-day street festival. Saturday kicks off with the Mayor's Challenge 2K Fitness Walk/Run for Cancer through Al Lopez Park followed by music, entertainment, food, vendors, arts and crafts in various villages set up throughout the park. The Artist's and Author's villages will feature local and national artists and authors displaying their works; Children's Village will feature face painting, storytelling, arts & crafts; the Health Village will offer free health screenings for children and adults; and the Corporate Village will have various vendors displaying their products. The free 2K walk/run begins at 9 a.m.; registration starts at 7:30 a.m. After the walk/run, Old School Saturday kicks off featuring Lakeside and other local entertainment. On Jazz and Gospel Sunday, free musical entertainment led by BK Jackson will be featured. 7:30-6 p.m. Sat.; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun. Al Lopez Park, 4810 N Himes Ave., Tampa. Free. tampablackheritage.org.

MLK Step Show

A statewide high school step team competition. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Fri. Gymnasium at Marshall High School, 15 S Maryland Ave., Plant City. $10. Then join the teams for an after-party with music by DJ Tony. 9:30 p.m.-midnight Fri. Plant City Martin Luther King Recreation Center, 1601 E Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Plant City. $5. (813) 757-6760. plantcitymlkfestival.com.

MLK Play Day

"I Have A Dream: Thank Goodness For Holidays" is a fun event for children ages 5-12 to learn about the history of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through games, stories, crafts and other diversity-themed activities. 9 a.m.-noon Mon. Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center, 550 Laura Lane, Dunedin. $35, $25 with recreation ID card. (727) 812-4545.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Good Deeds

A day to encourage good deeds and to thank those doing good deeds includes opening ceremonies by Largo Mayor Patricia Gerard and other dignitaries, a volunteer fair, barbecue lunch, performers and good deeds being done. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat. Ulmer Park, 301 West Bay Drive, Largo. Free (registration required). (727) 518-3131.

Martin Luther King Jr. Diversity March

Departs from the Recreation Center and moves to Pioneer Park, where there will be comments by the mayor and commission members, performances by Dunedin High School choral/stepping/band groups and closing comments by the Rev. Clem Bell. 10 a.m. Sat. Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center, 550 Laura Lane, Dunedin. Free. (727) 812-4545.

Urban Demeanor

Includes a car and motorcycle show, bounce houses, games, live entertainment, food and more. Noon-7 p.m. Sat. Parking lot at closed K-Mart, 3951 34th St. S, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 776-4555. classieentertainment.com/promotions.html.

Breakfasts

MLK Jr. Unity Breakfast

A full pancake breakfast with live guitar music and area students reading essays on what diversity means to them. 8:30-10 a.m. Sat. Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center, 550 Laura Lane, Dunedin. Free. (727) 812-4545.

Plant City MLK Leadership Breakfast

24th annual event with a flag ceremony by Durant High School JROTC and guest speaker Joan Holmes, assistant to the president of Hillsborough Community College. 7:30 a.m. Sun. Ballroom at Red Rose Inn, 2011 N Wheeler St., Plant City. $25, must purchase by Friday. (813) 757-6760. plantcitymlkfestival.com.

TOBA 30th annual Dr. MLK Leadership Breakfast

The Tampa Organization of Black Affairs hosts its 30th annual leadership breakfast. Speaker will be Angela Gittens, director general of Airport Council International World. Tickets available at Stewart & Person PA, (813) 221-4454; Miracles Barber & Beauty Academy, (813) 972-2895; Ray Williams Funeral Home, (813) 253-3419; Bible Based Fellowship, (813) 264-4050; Latanya's Hair Studio, (813) 253-2282; and Sista Rise N' Shine, (813) 662-0502. 6:45-10 a.m. Mon. Hyatt Regency Tampa, 211 N Tampa St., Tampa. $30 individual; $500 corporate table (seats 10); no ticket sales at door. (813) 874-8622. toba-network.org/.

MLK Leadership Awards Breakfast

St. Petersburg's 24th annual breakfast celebration to honor King's legacy of tolerance, peace and equality. Crystal Kuykendal, keynote speaker. 7:30 a.m. Mon. Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $25. (727) 896-2922. www.stpete.org/coliseum.

Skating

Soul Roll Invitational Skate Jam MLK Gospel Brunch and Skate

Includes a pancake brunch by International House of Pancakes and skating to gospel music by DJ Joe Bowen. Noon-3 p.m. Sun. United Skates of America, 5121 N Armenia Ave., Tampa. $10 (skating and breakfast). (813) 876-5826.

Soul Roll Invitational Skate Jam

DJ Wiz of Brooklyn will spin the tunes at this event, part of the Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival. Midnight-3:59 a.m. Sun. United Skates of America, 5121 N Armenia Ave., Tampa. $12 advance; $15 at the door. (727) 564-3357. blackheritage.org.

Soul Roll Invitational Skate Jam Gospel Skate

This MLK event features all-you-can-eat pizza and soda and open skating to gospel hits. 6:30-9 p.m. Mon. United Skates of America, 5121 N Armenia Ave., Tampa. $7, $5 nonskating adult. (813) 876-5826.

Parades, festivals and breakfasts for MLK Day 01/14/10 [Last modified: Thursday, January 14, 2010 9:32am]

    

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