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Martin Luther King Jr. Day events planned in St. Petersburg

• The MLK Drum Major for Justice Battle of the Bands and Drum Line Extravaganza begins at 4 p.m. today at Tropicana Field, 1 Stadium Drive. It features the Bethune-Cookman Marching Wildcats of Daytona Beach, other marching bands and drum lines from Florida, Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina and Louisiana. Admission costs $12; $15 VIP. For information, visit mlknationalparade.org.

• The 2011 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Candlelight Vigil is at 6 p.m. today at the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum. The free event includes light refreshments and entertainment. The museum is at 2240 Ninth Ave. S. For more information, call (727) 323-1104 or visit woodsonmuseum.org.

• The National Council of Negro Women 25th Annual MLK Leadership Awards Breakfast will be at 7:30 a.m. Monday at the Coliseum. The keynote speaker will be Willie Gary, Palm Beach trial attorney and philanthropist. Tickets are $25. The Coliseum is at 535 Fourth Ave. N. For more information, contact Angela Rouson, event coordinator, at (727) 641-5911; or Signora Farris, president, NCNW/St. Petersburg Metropolitan Section, at (727) 327-3154.

• The 26th Annual MLK Drum Major For Justice National Parade will start at 11 a.m. Monday. The parade will begin at Third Avenue S and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street, proceed north to Central Avenue, east to Bayshore Drive and north to Fifth Avenue N, disbanding at Vinoy Park. For information, go to mlknationalparade.org.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day events planned in St. Petersburg 01/15/11 [Last modified: Saturday, January 15, 2011 3:30am]
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