The city of St. Petersburg led off a week of Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrations with the Sounds of the Civil Rights Movement concert Sunday and Monday, the city said in a news release.
The next event in the string Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrations will be the 36th annual MLK High School Essay Contest finals at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12. The free event is open to the public. The students will make their final presentations at the Enoch Davis Center, 1111 18th Ave.
A Martin Luther King Jr. Candlelight Vigil will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, at the Carter G. Woodson African American Museum, 2240 Ninth Ave. South. Participants are invited to meet in the Legacy Garden.
The MLK Dream Big block party will feature Florida A&M University and Tuskege University marching bands as well as local jazz and high school bands. The party will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 15,along The Deuces, on 22nd Street South from 9th to 13th avenues.
The weeklong schedule of events will culminate in four events on Monday, Jan. 16, which is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The day will begin with the 31st annual MLK Leadership Awards Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. at the Coliseum, 535 4th Ave. North. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. The keynote speaker will be NAACP National Board Chair Roslyn Brock.
The fifth annual MLK Day of Service will be held at various locations throughout St. Petersburg, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The MLK Dream Big Parade will begin at Central Ave. and Second St. at 11 a.m. It will end near Tropicana Field Lot 1. The grand marshal is Jameis Winston of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. After the parade, the Family Fun Festival will be held at the east side of Tropicana Field, Parking Lot 7A. Admission is free. The festival will feature free activities, games, live entertainment and a Kids Zone. Food and art vendors will have a variety of items available for sale.