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More than one Family-friendly Way to Celebrate MLK Day

Port Discovery MLKCelebrate MLK Day with a parade!

Join the 17th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade, commemorating the life of civil rights leader and icon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on Monday, January 16, 2017 at noon.

The parade steps off at the intersection of Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and Eutaw Street, proceeds south on Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and disbands at Baltimore Street.  Spectators are invited to view the parade from along the route or near the reviewing stand at Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and Franklin Street. This year’s parade is emceed by Konan of “The Ko Show” on 92Q Jams and April Watts of Magic 95.9 FM.

More than 70 groups participate in the parade including high school and community bands, honor/color guards, equestrian units, fraternities & sororities, lively dance squads and civic organizations. The grand marshal of this year’s parade is singer/songwriter and Baltimore native Brave Williams, widely known for being cast as a lead singer on the MTV reality show, P. Diddy’s Making The Band. She also co-founded an all-girl group, Rich Girl, which produced a series of Billboard hits. For more information on the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade, sponsored by The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, call 410-752-8632.

Commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. all weekend at Port Discovery

Baltimore’s children’s museum, Port Discovery, invites area families to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and legacy through fun, educational activities during their “I Have a Dream Weekend”—Saturday, January 14 through Monday, January 16, 2017. Participants will experience African-American history and heritage through interactive programs and performances designed to educate, inspire and help children understand the impact Martin Luther King, Jr. made on America and the world. Here’s just a sample of the fun activities to choose from: learning about African American inventors, making a quilt square with the Baltimore African American Quilters, meeting and greeting the Negro Baseball League, and making a birthday card for Martin Luther King, Jr. Admission is free with museum entry. For more details, visit the Port Discovery website.

Remember Martin Luther King, Jr. with a free visit to the American Visionary Arts Museum (AVAM)

Visit AVAM, Baltimore’s fun and funky museum, on Monday, January 16, 2017 for FREE! Here, you’ll find a host of activities designed to celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.: a birthday cake, music, workshops, special performances and more. Call 410-244-1900 for details.

For a listing of local, family-friendly events throughout the month, see our online calendar.

Image courtesy of Port Discovery Children’s Museum. 


About Elizabeth Heubeck

Elizabeth Heubeck, a native of Baltimore, is a former editor of Baltimore's Child and the mother of two teenagers. Currently, she spends much of her spare time wishing she was a gourmet cook (or at least a solid short-order cook), hoping the piles of laundry would disappear and, in the warmer months, battling weeds in her flower beds.

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