The Martin Luther King Jr parade will make its way through the streets of Tarpon Springs on Saturday morning. The marching band from Mount Zion Progressive Missionary Baptist Church has participated in past parades and live performances are again scheduled for this year. TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO
TARPON SPRINGS — An celebration of the civil rights movement’s most recognizable figure will take place this Saturday. City police will temporarily shut down roads throughout Tarpon Springs for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Event to accommodate an 11 a.m. until noon march. The procession begins by heading north on Ring Avenue from the intersection of Lemon Street and turns west on Tarpon Avenue before traveling south down Pinellas Avenue. It then continues south on Pinellas Avenue until turning east on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and south on Disston Avenue before ending at Dorsett Park at the intersection of Disston and Harrison Street. According to the special event application for the observance, a small number of floats and bands will be involved in the march.
A noon until 2 p.m. celebration is scheduled to then take place at the park. The public is welcome to participate in the march and celebration for no charge, and there will be music and vendors selling food and other merchandise on site. Proceeds from those sales goes toward the Dr. MLK, Jr. Foundation scholarship program. Citizens Alliance for Progress, Inc. and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Foundation collaborate to organize the observance. The Tarpon Springs Police Department is providing assistance with road closures and the park celebration. Mayor David Archie and other commissioners and city staff are expected to take part in the march. Julianna Day, vice president of Tarpon Springs-based Dr. MLK, Jr. Foundation program and an employee with CAP, said the event’s trend of steady growth is expected to continue this with this year’s march and celebration. In addition to individual community members, 16 groups representing various agencies will march throughout the city.