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Clearwater’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade route has changed. Here’s how.

The annual march will not end at Coachman Park this year. Here’s the new route.
A photo of the 2016 Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade in Clearwater. Members of St. John M.B. Church march south on N. Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue moments after the conclusion of the city's 32nd Annual Leadership Breakfast Program at the North Greenwood Aquatic Center. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Tampa Bay Times]
A photo of the 2016 Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade in Clearwater. Members of St. John M.B. Church march south on N. Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue moments after the conclusion of the city's 32nd Annual Leadership Breakfast Program at the North Greenwood Aquatic Center. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Tampa Bay Times]
Published Jan. 18

CLEARWATER ― The city’s 37th annual celebration of the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will look a bit different than the celebrations of years past.

Instead of a march that runs from the North Greenwood Recreation Complex to Coachman Park, the city is planning a route that will run from the recreation center to nearby Buccaneer Field.

According to the Clearwater/Upper Pinellas Branch of the NAACP, the march will start at the recreation complex’ Aquatic Center. Then it will run to N. Palmetto Street; west to Pennsylvania Avenue; north to Marshall Street; east to Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and then south to Buccaneer Field at 905 N Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.

The celebration will include the customary breakfast at the recreation center starting at 9 a.m. Monday. The march will start at 10:30 a.m., and at noon there will be a rally at Buccaneer Field.

Tickets cost $5 for adults and $3 for children younger than 10.

Here’s the city’s full news release about the parade.

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