High school essay contest finals: Students make their final presentations at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Enoch Davis Center, 1111 18th Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Free.
Drum Major for Justice Awards Banquet: 7 p.m. Friday in the St. Petersburg Marriott Clearwater, 12600 Roosevelt Blvd. N. Featuring gospel recording artist Derek Smith; Pastor Wintley Phipps as keynote speaker, and a tribute to the late School Board member Lew Williams. $40 at the Enoch Davis Center, 1111 18th Ave. S.
Battle of the Bands and Drum Line Extravaganza: 4 p.m. Sunday at Tropicana Field. $10 in advance; $12 at the gate; Premier VIP area is $15. Purchase at Ticketmaster by calling toll-free 1-800-745-3000; Tropicana Field Box Office; Enoch Davis Center, 1111 18th Ave. S; Norvell Quick Market, 2930 18th Ave. S, all St. Petersburg.
Candlelight vigil: 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum, 2240 Ninth Ave. S, St. Petersburg.
Leadership Awards Breakfast: 7:30 a.m. Monday at the Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Keynote speaker is Father George Clements. $25. For information, contact Angela Rouson, National Council of Negro Women St. Petersburg Metropolitan Section, (727) 641-5911; or visit mlkbreakfast-stpete.com.
Drum Major For Justice National Parade: 11 a.m. Monday in St. Petersburg at Third Avenue S and Dr. Marin Luther King Jr. Street, north to Central Avenue, east to Bayshore Drive NE and north to Fifth Avenue NE, disbanding at Vinoy Park.
For more information about Dr. King events: (727) 827-8101; mlkholiday firstname.lastname@example.org; mlknational parade.org.