Celebrating The Incredible Legacy Of Dr. King

Posted on Jan 8th 2018 by Florida Blue

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At Florida Blue, we are proud to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  and his philosophy of  nonviolent social change.  He drew from the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi and his Christian faith to lead the largest nonviolent movement in the United States.  He was a powerful orator who moved many to seek justice and equality for those in the margins.  He is the only non-president to have a national holiday dedicated in his honor and there are over 902 streets named, 100 schools and over 50 memorials named after this global leader.

This year, there are many ways you can honor his legacy of building stronger communities regardless of race or creed. Consider participating in one of the many family and community themed events across Florida that includes everything from volunteer focused events to parades.  We have included just a short list here:


Central Florida:


January 12 at 11 am

32nd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Luncheon

January 13 at 10 am

2018 MLK Holiday Parade  

January 13 at 2 pm

Town of Eatonville 41st Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade Celebration


North Florida


January 12 at 7 am

31st Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast 

The City of Jacksonville invites you to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the 31st Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast

January 15 at 10 am

MLK Holiday Grand Parade 2018

Downtown Jacksonville


January 15 at 8:00 am

Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade

Downtown Pensacola

St. Augustine

33rd Annual Commemorative Breakfast


January 15  - 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

MLK Dare to Dream Festival

Cascades Park.


South Florida:


January 15 at 11:00 am

Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Day Parade

Celebrate history with great fanfare and marching bands at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parade in Liberty City. The parade takes place at 11 a.m. along NW 54th Street on a route from NW 12th Avenue to NW 32nd Avenue and ends with a celebration at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park.


January 15 at 8:00 am

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Celebration and Parade

Line-up begins at Lincoln Park, 600 NW 19th Avenue, located at the corner of Sistrunk Boulevard and 19th Avenue at 8:00 a.m. and the Parade Begins at 9:30 a.m., in Fort Lauderdale. The Parade ends at Esplanade Park located at 400 SW 2nd Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312. Esplanade Park is adjacent to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.

Palm Beach County:

January 14 at 3:00 pm

MLK Gospel Fest

Orthodox Primitive Baptist Church

2900 Australian Ave. - West Palm Beach, FL 33407

January 15th - Monday - 8:00 am

Annual MLK Breakfast

Palm Beach County Convention Center

650 Okeechobee Blvd. - West Palm Beach, FL 33401


West Florida


January 15 at 12:00 pm

City of Tampa Martin Luther King Day Parade

Cuscaden Park, 2900 N 15th St in Tampa

St. Petersburg

January 15 at 11 am

MLK Dream Big Parade and Family Fun Day


Dr. King’s spirit of service lives on and you can honor that spirit by doing for others.  Find volunteer activities during the MLK Day of service, click here and see how you can join a service activity.

To learn more about Dr. King and his legacy, visit the National Park Service’s Martin Luther King Jr. historical site and the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change.   

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