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MLK Events & Parade

Post Date:01/11/2019 12:00 PM

MLK Day events (scroll down to see parade details)
The Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee has extended recognition of Dr. King to include a week-long series of events, along with the downtown parade. Visit to see a full schedule and details on any of the items below. Following are a few highlights:

Saturday, Jan. 19, Family Fun Day, MLK Center, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
On Saturday, the local MLK committee will partner with the city’s Parks and Recreation Division to host a Family Fun Day with games, face painting, displays, refreshments and more. The event will be held at the city’s MLK Center, located at 401 S. 8th Street. The event is free and open to the public.

MLK parade route mapMonday, Jan. 21, MLK Parade, downtown
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday. The parade will start at the Cape Fear Community College’s Schwartz Center, travel south down N. 3rd Street, east on Princess Street, then north on 4th Street, west on Campbell Street, north on N. 3rd Street, ending on Brunswick Street. The parade will end at approximately 1 p.m. with streets reopening to traffic by 3 p.m.

Parade traffic impacts

  • Parade will stage in the Cape Fear Community College Schwartz Center parking lot and queue on Brunswick and Hanover streets between N. Front and 3rd streets. Streets in the staging area will close at 8 a.m.
  • N. 3rd Street will close to all traffic at 9 a.m. between Harnett and Market streets. 
  • Northbound through traffic on N. 3rd Street should use 5th Avenue/6th Street.
  • Southbound through traffic on N. 3rd Street should use Front Street or Davis Street to 5th Avenue. 
  • Front Street will remain open to traffic.
  • All streets crossing the parade route will close at 9 a.m.
  • The downtown areas west of 3rd Street will be accessible via Market Street and Front Street.
  • On-street parking will be free all day, the downtown parking decks will be charging at their regular rate.

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