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MLK Day parades in St. Pete, Tampa to honor Dr. King’s legacy

ST. PETE, Fla. — In St. Petersburg, 1000’s of persons are able to rejoice love, unity, and variety of the vacation that remembers the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, town’s annual parade was compelled digital final 12 months, however this 12 months, it’s making its return to the streets of St. Pete — the end result of a weekend stuffed with occasions honoring the life and legacy of MLK, Jr.

Should you’d like to look at the parade, it begins at 11 a.m. Monday and proceeds down 1st Avenue South from third Road to Tropicana Area.

The parade will characteristic greater than 100 teams, dozens of floats, and ten bands from faculties and excessive colleges throughout.

“Having so many individuals collectively at one time and having fun with an exquisite parade— one of many greatest in america, it’s simply fabulous,” mentioned Anthony Hart, the organizer.

Masks sporting is inspired on the parade when social distancing can’t be achieved.

Tampa has an enormous parade of its personal. Its MLK Parade begins at 12 p.m. with a route in East Tampa from Cuscaden Park to Middleton Excessive Faculty.

The 2 mile route will characteristic floats, dancers, even the Florida A&M and Bethune Cookman College bands. WWE Celebrity Titus O’Neil will function the parade’s grand marshal.

Organizers for the Tampa MLK Parade are additionally encouraging mask-wearing and social distancing.