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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parades and Events in Tampa Bay

Celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. this holiday weekend in Tampa Bay. From parades to special events, there is something for every family on our list!

MLK Day Parades in Tampa Bay:

36th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade: Saturday, January 8, 2022 from 1pm-2:30pm

This year’s parade celebrates “Our Community’s Will to Survive and Thrive” This long running parade marches along a 1.4 mile route featuring bands, local leaders, and more! The parade starts at Wheeler and MLK and continues on to the Plant City MLK Community Center. There will be vendors, food, live music and much more family-friendly entertainment, so get ready to collect all the beads and candy! Learn more.

MLK Music Festival and Family Fun Day in St Pete | Saturday, January 15, 2022 from 11am-6pm

The celebration starts early this year with the Music Festival and Family Fun Day at Albert Whitted Park. The parade will follow on MLK Day on Monday, January 17! Learn more here.

Tampa Black Heritage Music Festival | Saturday, January 15 and Sunday, January 16

Head over to Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park for live music by the Bar-Kays, Euge Groove and more! There will also be family-friendly entertainment and more. Learn more and get your tickets here.

Martin Luther King Day Parade in Tampa: Monday, January 17, 2022 from 12pm-3pm

Thousands of people attend this family-friendly event each year and this year isn’t expected to be any different! Join the community in celebration of Martin Luther Kin song the two mile route from East Tampa from Cuscaden Park to Middleton High School. There will marching bands, floats and more!  Learn more

MLK Dream Big Parade and Family Fun Day Festival in St. Petersburg: Monday, January 17, 2022 from 11am-6pm

St. Petersburg’s MLK Dream Big Parade is the nation’s longest running MLK Day parade! Be a part of history and watch as the parade makes its way west on 1st Ave S starting at 3rd St at 11am to Tropicana Field. High school and college bands will be marching along with local business and community leaders!

MLK Weekend Celebration and Parade in Brooksville: Parade is Monday, January 17, 2022 at 10am

The weekend long celebration commences with a parade starting at Hernando High School at 10am! Join your neighbors as they celebrate and honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr and this year’s parade theme “Moving the Dream Forward”.  It’s free to attend the parade. Learn more here.




Laura Byrne
Laura Byrne
Laura Byrne is an award-winning former television news journalist who spent 15+ years in newsrooms across the state of Florida including Sarasota, Tallahassee, Fort Myers and right here in Tampa Bay where she still freelances on occasion. She covered the political beat, crime beat and every day breaking news during her time in Florida newsrooms, but is now focused on sharing positive news stories and events with families in Tampa Bay. She is a proud mommy of two little boys who keep her on her toes and laughing every day. Her goal is to inspire families just like yours to get out and play and experience all that Tampa Bay and our great state of Florida have to offer! She encourages you to share your stories and upcoming events so we can spread the good news.

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