Celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a variety of community events occurring throughout the holiday weekend with various parades, celebrations and memorial vigils. Orlando offers the unique opportunity to honor Dr. King's great strides in equality with the town of Eatonville's historic celebration events. Eatonville is the first incorporated black town of America and the hometown of Zora Neale Hurston, the famous author of "Their Eyes Were Watching God." Below is a list of events honoring the life and achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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28th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade, Jan. 14
The Southwest Orlando Jaycees and the City of Orlando's Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission present this year's MLK holiday parade in Downtown Orlando, Saturday, Jan. 14 at 10 a.m. This year's theme is "Remember, Celebrate, Act...A Mission Still To Fulfill," reminding attendees of the many marches for freedom, the bitter struggles and the selfless service to each other that was and is still needed to help triumph over poverty, racism, war and violence.
King Festival, Jan. 14
Join the Southwest Orlando Jaycees, FaithWorld Music Department and Pastor Clint Brown at Lake Eola Park immediately following the MLK parade for the King Festival in Downtown Orlando.
35th Annual Eatonville MLK Celebration, Jan. 14
The Town of Eatonville honors the great strides Dr. King made in the American Civil Rights movement with a special parade and town celebration beginning at 2 p.m.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Vigil, Jan. 16
Observe MLK Day through a variety of performances, including dance, song, speech and music in the Knowles Memorial Chapel in Rollins College at 6 p.m. Hannibal Square Heritage Center Historian and Manager Fairolyn Livingston will be on hand as the keynote speaker.
6th Annual Ocoee MLK Celebration, Jan. 16
Enjoy the MLK Day parade beginning at Citrus Elementary School at 10 a.m., featuring Orange County mayor Teresa Jacobs as Grand Marshall, keynote speaker Lucas D. Boyce, Director of Community Relations for the Orlando Magic, and music by the Garden Community Choir.