St. Pete celebrates 37th annual celebration & longest-running MLK Parade Jan. 14-16

Photo from last year’s MLK Dream Big Parade

ST. PETERSBURG — This weekend, Jan. 14-16, St. Petersburg will celebrate the life, legacy, and dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with live music, festivities and one of the nation’s longest-running parades. In its 37th year, St. Pete’s “MLK Dream Big” Parade begins at 11 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 16, and runs west along First Avenue, starting at Third Street South.

The full schedule of events for the weekend is below:

Saturday, January 14
Music & Arts Festival
12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Albert Whitted Park, 480 Bayshore Dr. SE
Gates open at 11:00 a.m.

Sunday, January 15
MLK Band Showcase
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Campbell Park Football Complex, 601 14th St. S
Gates open at 5:00 p.m.

Monday, January 16
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade
11:00 a.m. Start time
1st Ave. S heading west starting at 3rd St.
Full parade route map available at

MLK Family Fun Day
2:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tropicana Field Lot 4, 198 17th St S

Road Closures & Sunrunner Schedule
This year’s MLK parade route will turn down 16th St. to enter 17th St., and road closures will be required. St. Petersburg Police Department will divert traffic toward 20th St. There will be road closures at all streets that intersect 1st Ave. S. Sunrunner stops at 5th Ave. N, 8th St. N and 13th St. N will be impacted by the parade from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Trash & Recycling Updates:
Residential trash and recycling collection regularly scheduled for Monday will occur on Tuesday. Tuesday collections will be made on Wednesday. Thursday and Friday collections remain the same.

City Facility Closures:

Due to the holiday, certain City facilities and services will be closed on Monday, January 16. Visit for more.

For more information about the event, visit

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