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30th Anniversary Drum Major for Justice National Parade and Bandfest Headline MLK Celebration

St. Petersburg, Fla. (January 14, 2015) -- The Drum Major for Justice National Parade, Battle of the Bands and Drumline Extravaganza headline the 2015 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday celebration in St. Petersburg. Here are highlights of seven MLK holiday week events:

• 34th Annual MLK HIGH SCHOOL ESSAY CONTEST FINALS – Thursday, January 15. 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.

• 30th Annual MLK DRUM MAJOR FOR JUSTICE LEADERSHIP AWARDS BANQUET – Friday, January 16. 7 p.m. St. Petersburg Bayfront Hilton, 333 First St. S. Official opening of MLK week in Florida. Featuring Clifton Davis, keynote speaker; and Derek Smith, gospel recording artist.  Tickets $45; available at Enoch Davis Center and Looking Good Men’s Fashions. Presented by MLK Holiday and Legacy Association, Inc.

Tropicana Field, One Tropicana Drive S. Featuring college and high school marching bands. Tickets: Gen. Adm. $10 in advance; $12 at the gate; Premier VIP Area $15. Purchase at Ticketmaster, 1-800-745-3000; Tropicana Field Box Office; Enoch Davis Center, 1111 18th Ave. S.; Norvell Quick Market, 2930 18th  Ave. S.; Looking Good Men's Fashions in St. Pete, Tampa and Bradenton. More details:

• DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. MEMORIAL SERVICE – Sunday, January 18. 4 p.m. 
Greater Mt. Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church, 1045 16th St. S.  Guest speaker: Dr. Ray Arsenault, author and civil rights activist: “Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice.” Choir music, The Alumni Singers, refreshments and dialogue. Hosted by St. Petersburg Interfaith Association.

• MLK WEEK CANDLELIGHT VIGIL  Sunday, January 18. 5 to 7 p.m. 
Carter G. Woodson African American Museum, 2240 Ninth Ave. S.

• 29th Annual MLK LEADERSHIP AWARDS BREAKFAST – Monday, January 19. 7:30 a.m. Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N. Individual tickets, $25 in advance; $30 at the door. Keynote speaker: Dr. Frederick Douglass Haynes, III.  Contact: National Council of Negro Women St. Petersburg Metropolitan Section, 727-896-6556 or

• 30th Annual MLK DRUM MAJOR FOR JUSTICE NATIONAL PARADE – Monday, January 19. 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 Contact: 727-388-9494 or

For more details about the MLK Holiday Legacy Association’s banquet, bandfest or parade, contact the Holiday Legacy office at 727-388-9494 (leave a message); e-mail or

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

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