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Martin Luther King Jr. Celebrations: Concert, Parade, Festival & Oratorical Contest

LAKELAND, FL (January 8, 2018) The Education and Enlightenment Group is hosting a number events honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and MLK Day.  These events include a jazz concert taking on Friday, January 12th in the evening at Simpson Park, the MLK Parade and the Dream MegaFest, immediately following the parade on Saturday, January 13th, and an Oratorical Youth Contest that will take place on Thursday, January 18th. 

Jazz in the Park 2018 - Simpson Park, Lakeland

Jazz in the Park

The MLK Jazz in the Park event features the band TAABU and it takes place at Simpson Park on Friday, January 12th from 6 PM – 9 PM.  This event is FREE, so bring a lawn chair, a blanket and be prepared to here wonderful jazz under the stars.

 MLK Parade 2018 - City of Lakeland2018 Annual MLK Community Parade

The 2018 Annual MLK Community Parade will begin at 11 AM on Saturday, January 13th. The parade route will start on Providence Road at the 14th Street intersection and will travel Providence Road, then turn east onto 10th street before heading south on MLK Avenue.

The parade will include professional floats, step groups, walkers, decorated vehicles and marching bands.  

Dream MegaFest 2018 - LakelandDream MegaFest: Big Top Circus presents Superhero Day

The Dream MegaFest hosted by the Education & Enlightenment Group, Inc. in partnership with the Lakeland Police Department and the City of Lakeland will take place following the MLK Day Parade on Saturday, January 13th.  This event takes place at Bryant Stadium from 1 - 5 PM.  

This year's theme, Superhero Day, is designed to encourage our youth to find the superhero inside of them.  The Dream Mega Fest is FREE to all students in grades K-12 and $5 for adults.  

Elementary Kids are encouraged to dress as their favorite Superhero. The event will provide positive entertainment and activities for the entire family.  Batman, Spiderman, Ironman and Wonder Woman will be there to help celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.   The event will feature bounce houses, carnival games with prizes, mobile video gaming truck, photo booth, clowns, face painters, balloon twisters, art, entertainment, door prizes, food and merchandise vendors. 

2018 Oratorical Youth Contest LakelandOratorical Youth Contest

Martin Luther King, Jr. Oratorical Youth Contest will take place on Thursday, January 18th from 7 - 9 PM at the New Mount Zion Church located at 1321 North Webster Avenue.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. preached care for your fellow man.  If he were alive today, what would his message be?  This academic speaking challenge teaches students history and the importance to be able to think and speak clearly to an audience.


MLK Events:

Lynne Simpkins

Director of Communications:

Kevin Cook