These free events honoring Martin Luther King Jr. will take place during the holiday weekend:
The Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade in Liberty City starts at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 21, along Northwest 54th Street from 10th to 32nd avenues, and ends with a celebration at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park, 6000 NW 32nd Ave. Expect to see high school marching bands, athletes and cheerleaders, floats, cars, fire trucks, local politicians, union leaders, activists, and dancers. Once the parade reaches the park, revelers can enjoy food, activities for kids, and a variety of vendors and entertainment. For more info, call 305-835-2464
Candlelight Vigil: The North Miami University Relations Board honors Martin Luther King, Jr. with a Candelight Vigil at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16. The free event will feature spoken word, song and dance performances plus, participants take part in a circle of unity.
The annual MLK Business Expo will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18 in Cutler Bay. Attend this free community event and learn about products and services in South Dade, network with key business professionals, gain insight on a wealth of government services and find out the latest on real estate, personal finance, tax breaks and more. The event will be at Sweet Home Missionary Baptist Church, 10701 SW 184th St, Cutler Bay, FL 33157. For more info, call 305-375-5661.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade & Festivities: The Parade begins Monday, Jan. 21 at 11 a.m. and goes from NW 10 Ave. to 32 Ave. along 54 St. and features more than 100 entries including floats, police and military units, high school and college marching bands, dance and drill teams, equestrians, classic and exotic cars and corporate floats. Go from the parade to the Family Festival which begins at noon at MLK Memorial Park, 6200 NW 32 Ct. Experience international recordings artists and DJs performing and playing reggae, jazz, soul, rap, rhythm and blues, salsa, merengue and Haitian Compas. Check out music, dance and theater performances on the cultural stage, a Children’s Village, Marketplace and international foods at the Food Corner.
Gospel Shabbat-Legato Vocal Ensemble celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day with music from 6-7:15 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18 at Temple Judea, 5500 Granada Blvd., in Coral Gables. 305-667-5657.
MLK Day of Service in Allapattah involves volunteers who will work on projects in the community. Register to volunteer here.