What to know if you’re going to Jacksonville’s MLK Holiday Grand Parade

Jacksonville will honor the spirit and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday with the 43rd annual MLK Holiday Grand Parade.

The parade continues a week of celebration that began Friday with the Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast and includes a week of service with volunteer projects in Duval, Clay and Nassau counties.

The theme for the 2024 parade is “Jacksonville: A City United Against Hate and Gun Violence,” a message that follows a racist attack on a local Dollar General store last year. That store in Grand Park just reopened last week, five months after the hate-fueled shooting left three people dead.

Monday’s parade steps off at 10 a.m. from Parking Lot J at EverBank Stadium and will travel down Gator Bowl Boulevard, which then becomes Bay Street. The parade will continue down Bay Street about 2 miles to the Prime Osborn Convention Center.

It’s expected to take about three hours for all of the floats, local marching bands, dance troupes and decorated vehicles to make the trip.

The city’s MLK Day events continue Monday at the Prime Osborn after the parade.

From 11 a.m.-5 p.m., the MLK Day at the Prime features workshops, a drumline competition, food trucks, vendors, a book fair, a kids zone and much more.

The event is free and open to the public, but visitors are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item.

The week of service continues through Saturday in partnership with AmeriCorps and the United Way of Northeast Florida.

The volunteer projects across three counties will address fundamental issues of basic needs, racial equity and financial well-being in the community.

Click here to sign up for a service project in your county.

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