MLK Jr. Day Parade Returns to MLK Jr. Day

Organizers say they are excited about returning the parade to the heart of Anacostia.

By Monique Hayes
|  Friday, Jan 13, 2012  |  Updated 12:21 PM EDT
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MLK Jr. Day Parade Returns to MLK Jr. Day

Martin Luther King Jr. addressing a crowd in New York.

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After eight years, the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade returns to the District Monday, coinciding with the national holiday celebrating the civil rights leader. 

Local boxing champion Lamont Peterson will serve as one of the grand marshals.  He will be joined by local civil rights leaders and District dignitaries.  

The parade will begin at 11 a.m. on the grounds of the Friendship Public Charter School in Southeast. It will end at Leckie Elementary School in Southwest. Revelers can watch at various points along Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue.

“Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue in Washington, D.C., is the heart of Anacostia and a part of the city that has immortalized MLK’s contributions to our society,” said Denise Rolark Barnes, publisher of the Washington Informer and one of the event’s organizers. 

This will be the first time marching bands and local organizations will march up MLK Jr. Avenue on MLK Jr. Day since 2004. 

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