D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser led the first of many events honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. in the District Monday.
The wreath-laying ceremony at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial also featured musical guests and speakers.
The MLK Holiday Peace Walk and Parade got underway a few hours later in Southeast D.C. The walk began at 11 a.m. at 2498 Martin Luther King Jr., Avenue SE and will proceed to 620 Milwaukee Place SE.
During the walk, there will be rolling street closures along Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue beginning at 11 a.m.
The parade will follow the walk at noon. Martin Luther King Jr Avenue will be closed between the 2700 block and the 4200 block from noon until 3 p.m. for the parade.
The National Cathedral will also honor King's legacy with an afternoon of music, poetry and dance. The event will be held from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m.
Other King events planned for Monday's federal holiday include a wreath-laying in Maryland, a concert featuring Natalie Cole at the Kennedy Center and volunteer service activities at Eastern High School and Miriam's Kitchen.