St. Pete parade honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.; other MLK events around the Bay area

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Tampa, Florida -- From drum lines to festivals in the park, events stretching across the Bay this weekend are celebrating the area's Black heritage.

For Sevell Brown, he says it's thanks in part to one man that the parties are so big.

"Everyone's ecstatic. We're celebrating the 50th anniversary of Dr. King's civil right movement in America," says Brown.

Brown is the national coordinator of the National MLK parade that takes place in St. Petersburg, a parade he founded 28 years ago.

"Before January 20, 1986, there was no such thing as a traditional parade," says Brown.

Today, there are thousands of people that participate.

"St. Pete is proud. We introduced the MLK parade across the world," says Brown.

Brown says Dr. Martin Luther King Junior lived his life to bring people together, and with events like the drumline, music fest, and parade, his legacy lives on.

"We are the original, largest MLK parade in the country and we take pride in that," says Brown.

The celebration will be making its way down the streets of St. Pete starting at 11 a.m. on Monday.

Here are some of the other events happening in the area. 

Looking for a place to volunteer on MLK Day? Visit to find service events in your area. In Tampa people can volunteer at Feeding America Tampa Bay, Boys & Girls Club and much more. 

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