January 12th, 2011 2:51 PM by Karyn Smith
Each year, hundreds of spectators gather to see the beautiful floats and local marching bands as they march down Orange Avenue for the Martin Luther King’s Day parade in Downtown Orlando. This year, Downtown Orlando will celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King with the 27th annual parade on Saturday, January 15 and a series of events held throughout the month.Wednesday, January 126:00PM 7th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership ForumFlorida Citrus Bowl Stadium, Varsity RoomPresented by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. This event is free.
The forum is a panel discussion focusing on issues of significance to the community and concepts addressed by Dr. King.Friday, January 147:00 PM “City of Hope” ConcertMount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 535 West Washington StreetPresented by the Negro Spiritual Scholarship Foundation. This event is free.
This concert promotes a spirit of community with music and other offerings by artists and performers from across the City.
Saturday, January 1510:00AM 27th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. ParadeOrange Avenue in Downtown OrlandoPresented by Southwest Orlando Jaycees. This event is free.
Sunday, January 166:00 PM Candlelight Vigil and MarchBeginning at Orlando City HallPresented by Mayor's Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission. This event is free.
Following the vigil, participants will march to Shiloh Baptist Church.
6:45PM Multicultural Interfaith CelebrationShiloh Baptist Church, 604 West Jackson StreetPresented by the Interfaith Council of Central Florida. This event is free.
This event will feature speakers from various faiths reflecting on Dr. King’s life and legacy.
Monday, January 171:00 PM Step Into History – Parramore Historic Walking TourWells’ Built Museum of African American History, 511 West South StreetPresented by Wells’ Built Museum of African American History. This event is free.
Friday, January 217:00 PM Recognition of Youth Humanitarian Award WinnersAmway CenterPresented by the Orlando Magic. There is a cost for this event.
Selected students from Orange County middle and high schools will receive the Youth Humanitarian award for exemplifying Dr. King’s ideals.