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2014 MLK Parade route


This year’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade will be held on Monday, Jan. 20. It will begin at 11 a.m. and follow a new route in response to input from citizens and merchants following last year’s parade.

Last year, the parade was held on Front/Water streets for the first time after years on Castle Street, which prompted concerns about business access and notification, as well as the need to hold the parade in a more visible and prominent location.

The city worked with the MLK committee and came up with the new route that places the parade on streets primarily dominated by government and institutional uses already closed for the holiday, leaving the center of the downtown business district and its accompanying parking decks open. The MLK Committee has committed to providing additional volunteers to help prevent long gaps between parade entries, and to taking additional steps to notify locations businesses about the parade.

3rd St. will be closed between Market and Davis streets for the parade.

Detour information:

Northbound traffic on 3rd St.

  • Turn right on Market St.
  • Turn left on 6th St.
  • Turn left on Princess St.
  • Turn right on 5th Ave.
  • Turn left on Harnett St. to 4th St.
  • Turn left on Davis St. and right onto N. 3rd St., which leads to MLK Pkwy.

Southbound traffic on 3rd St.

  • Turn left on Davis St.
  • Turn right on 4th St.
  • Turn left on Harnett St.
  • Turn right on 5th Ave.
  • Turn right on Market St.
  • Turn left on 3rd St. 



  • Parade will queue on Brunswick and Hanover streets between 2nd and 3rd St.
  • Southbound 3rd Street will be closed at 9 a.m. at Front/Davis, as well as Brunswick/Hanover streets
  • Northbound 3rd Street will be closed at 10 a.m. at Market St.
  • All intersections along the parade route will close at 10 a.m.
  • Downtown areas west of 3rd St. will be accessible via Market and Front streets.
  • The parade will end at approximately 2 p.m.
  • Parking will be available on the street and in the downtown parking decks.


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