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Parades and celebrations for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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Parades to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. are likely to be met with rain and clouds. There is an 80 percent chance of rain starting in the morning, and thunderstorms could develop, according to Bay News 9 meteorologists. The high is expected to be 70. Here are some of the events scheduled in the bay area:

Hernando County

• A parade begins at 10 a.m. at Hale Road, proceeding east on Dr. M.L. King Jr. Boulevard to Jefferson Street and ending at Kennedy Park, 899 Kennedy Blvd., in Brooksville. A "Bridging the Gap" celebration, including high school musicians, step dancers, displays and food, follows at the park. (353) 277-8753.

Hillsborough County

• 31st annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Tampa Breakfast, 6:45 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency, 211 N Tampa St.. The Tampa Organization of Black Affairs hosts the annual breakfast. This year's guest speakers are Garrett W. Johnson and the Rev. Corliss D. Heath. Open to those who bought tickets in advance. (813) 413-7924, toba-network.org.

• A parade begins at noon at 15th Street and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Tampa and ends at Middleton High School, 4801 N 22nd St. Theme: "A Day On, Not A Day Off!" Free. (813) 886-1375 or tampablackheritage.org.

Pasco County

• A Diversity of Culture, a program to showcase Pasco County talent, starts at 11 a.m. at Moore-Mickens Education Center, 38301 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Dade City. Churches and businesses that attend are asked to donate two trays of appetizers; others who attend are asked to donate desserts. (352) 521-0247.

• A celebration begins at 10:30 a.m. at the Union Missionary Baptist Church, 6235 Pine Hill Road, Port Richey. Participants will march a quarter-mile from the church to the historical Booker T. Washington schoolhouse at 6105 Pine Hill Road, where the celebration continues. Guest speakers include Pasco schools superintendent Heather Fiorentino, New Port Richey Mayor Scott McPherson and Mildred Wilson, the widow of a Tuskegee airman. (727) 372-1742.

Pinellas County

• 25th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Breakfast starts at 7:30 a.m. at the Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Benefits the human services programs of the National Council of Negro Women St. Petersburg and restoration of the historic NCNW Fannye A. Ponder Council House. Cost: $25. (727) 896-6556 or mlkbreakfast-stpete.com.

• Annual celebration begins at 8 a.m. at the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center, 550 Laura Lane, Dunedin, sponsored by the Clearwater/Upper Pinellas Branch of the NAACP, followed by a march to Coachman Park, 301 Drew St., for a rally. The theme is "March Ahead — We Cannot Turn Back!" Free. (727) 637-7918.

• National MLK Drum Major for Justice Parade begins at 11 a.m. at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street and Third Avenue S, St. Petersburg, proceeding north to Central Avenue, east to Bayshore Drive and north to Fifth Avenue N before disbanding at Vinoy Park. The parade includes marching units, bands, vans, street vendors and more. Free. (727) 827-8101 or mlknationalparade.org.

Parades and celebrations for Martin Luther King Jr. Day 01/16/11 [Last modified: Monday, January 17, 2011 9:35am]
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