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31st Annual Drum Major for Justice Parade Anchors St. Petersburg's MLK Celebration January 14-18

The 2016 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday celebration in St. Petersburg features seven events:

• 35th Annual MLK HIGH SCHOOL ESSAY CONTEST FINALS – Thursday, January 14. 7 p.m.  Students make their final oratorical presentations at the Enoch Davis Center, 1111 18th Ave. S. Free and open to the public. Cosponsored by the MLK Commemorative Celebration Committee Inc. and Alpha Phi Alpha of St. Petersburg. Contact: Lynette Buchanan, 727-893-7134.

• 31st Annual MLK DRUM MAJOR FOR JUSTICE LEADERSHIP AWARDS BANQUET – Friday, January 15. 7 p.m. St. Petersburg Bayfront Hilton, 333 First St. S. Official opening of MLK week in Florida. Keynote speaker and entertainment to be announced. Tickets $45; available at Enoch Davis Center and Looking Good Men’s Fashions. Presented by the MLK Holiday and Legacy Association, Inc. Contact: MLKholidaylegacy@gmail.com or 727-388-9494 (leave a message).

• EMBRACE HEALTH WALK, RUN AND BIKE 5K  – Saturday, January 15, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pinellas Trail, 22nd St. S. and 5th Ave. S. In partnership with Kingdom Restoration Inc., APM Images and Deuces Live present Health Walk to celebrate the quality of life through health and fitness. Register online at www.embracehealthwalk.com.

• DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. INTERFAITH MEMORIAL SERVICE – Sunday, January 17. 4 p.m.  Maximo Presbyterian Church, 3200 58th Ave. S. Keynote speaker: Dr. Kanika Tomalin, Deputy Mayor. Guest speaker: Angela Rouson, president of National Council of Negro Women. Presenting local choirs and winner of the MLK Student Essay contest. Hosted by St. Petersburg Interfaith Association, Inc.

• MLK WEEK CANDLELIGHT VIGIL Sunday, January 17. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. 
Carter G. Woodson African American Museum, 2240 Ninth Ave. S.

• 30th Annual MLK LEADERSHIP AWARDS BREAKFAST  **SOLD OUT**  Monday, January 18. 7:30 a.m. Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N. Individual tickets, PLEASE NOTE:  TICKETS ARE NO LONGER AVAILABLE.  Keynote speaker: Dr. Jamal Harrison Bryant. Contact: National Council of Negro Women St. Petersburg Metropolitan Section, 727-896-6556 or visit www.mlkbreakfast-stpete.com.

• 31st Annual MLK DRUM MAJOR FOR JUSTICE NATIONAL PARADE – Monday, January 18. 11 a.m. Parade begins at Third Ave. S. and Dr. Martin Luther King St., proceeds north to Central Ave., east to Bayshore Drive NE, and north to Fifth Ave. NE, disbanding at Vinoy Park.Pick up parade entry applications at Enoch Davis Center, Campbell Park or Wildwood Recreation Centers or online at www.mlknationalparade.com. Contact: 727-388-9494 or MLKholidaylegacy@gmail.com.

N E W  EVENT:  MLK 2016 FAMILY FUN FESTIVAL – Monday, January 18. Immediately following the MLK Drum Major for Justice Parade, approximately 2 to 7 p.m. East side of Tropicana Field, Parking Lot 7A. Free admission. Free activities, games and more. Live DJ music, entertainment, recording artists and a Car Show. Food vendors (items available for purchase). Free parking in Trop Lot 6, enter from 1st Ave. S. near 13th St. For more information or for vendors to register, call 727-321-7919.

For more details about the MLK Holiday & Legacy Association’s banquet or parade, contact the Holiday Legacy office at 727-388-9494 (leave a message); e-mail MLKholidaylegacy@gmail.com or visit www.mlknationalparade.com.

For parade day vendor inquiries, contact Thomas Huggins, 813-207-0003, or visit the MLK parade vendor Web site, www.spmlkparade.com

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