NEW ORLEANS, LA—Today, Mayor Mitch Landrieu and the New Orleans Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Planning Commission announced the schedule of events for the City’s 28th annual MLK holiday celebration. This year's official events begin on Tuesday, January 14 and will include a wreath laying ceremony, a jazz concert, a service project, and a memorial service.
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The theme of this year's festivities is Dr. King's message of "The Beloved Community: one mind, body and spirit."
"According to Dr. King, the beloved community referred to reconciliation and redemption, a place where brotherhood among all is a reality," said Mayor Landrieu. "In the spirit of Dr. King, New Orleans must come together to form that beloved community with unconditional love for eachother."
Reverend Norwood Thompson, chair of the New Orleans Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Planning Commission, said, “Each year on the third Monday of January, our nation celebrates the birth, life and dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We encourage all New Orleanians to use this opportunity to help us establish a lasting and living community of peace, equality and justice for all."
All citizens are welcome and encouraged to attend the Martin Luther King Jr., Day events. The main program on Martin Luther King Jr., Day will begin at New Orleans City Hall on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 9:00 a.m, followed by the 28th annual MLK Memorial March at 9:45 a.m.
Marching units, including bands, dance troupes, or others interested in participating in the parade should register with Sherlyn Harris at 504-658-4200 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The nearly 1½ mile long march starts at City Hall, 1300 Perdido Street. It goes down Loyola Avenue towards uptown. Loyola turns into Simon Bolivar Boulevard. The parade makes a right turn on MLK Blvd. It goes up MLK to South Claiborne ends at MLK Monument on South Claiborne and Felicity.
Visit www.nola.gov/mlk2014 for more information and a full list of this year's events.