MLK Dream Big Celebration commemorates MLK Day in three-day series of events

MLK Dream Big Celebration commemorates MLK Day in three-day series of events

Parade-goers smiling
Photo courtesy MLK Dream Big Weekend

Returning for its 35th year, the massive MLK Dream Big Celebration is back this weekend in St. Pete, January 15-17th. The annual three-day event stretches Saturday-Monday and features a music festival, gospel choir showcase, marching band showcase and of course the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade through downtown.

Organizers say the MLK Dream Big Weekend is meant to be a celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in St. Pete, “a city of opportunity where the sun shines on all who come to live, work, and play.”


The parade on Monday begins at the intersection of 3rd Street South and 1st Avenue South next to First Citrus Bank where it will march all the way down 1st Ave S until taking a left onto 16th Street South and conclude across from Tropicana Field. This year’s parade features performances from 10 different high school and college marching bands from around the state and country.

The lineup of main events is listed below, and more details can be found at All events are free and open to the public.

  • Music Festival & Family Fun Day – Saturday, 11 am – 6 pm, Albert Whitted Park
  • MLK Community Gospel Choir Showcase – Sunday, 4-5:30 pm, Friendship Missionary Baptist Church
  • MLK Marching Band Showcase – Sunday, 5:30-7:30 pm, Campbell Park Football Complex
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parade – Monday, 11 am, Downtown St. Pete/1st Avenue South

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