Everything you need to know about Denver’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day Marade

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A statue of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr at City Park on MLK Day hours before the annual Marade. (Kevin J. Beaty)  Denver; Colorado; Dr. Martin Luther King Jr; marade; dawn; flag; city park; kevinjbeaty;

A statue of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr at City Park  hours before the annual Marade. (Kevin J. Beaty)

On Monday, Denver will celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the same way it has since 1985: the Marade.

(In case you’re new here: the Marade is a march and a parade combined.)

As always, it will begin at the I Have a Dream monument on the southwest side of City Park, cross over to Colfax Avenue via the City Park Esplanade, then make its way down Colfax to Civic Center Park. It departs at 10:45 a.m.

Obviously, you won’t be able to drive on Colfax while its happening, and if you need to cross it, you’ll have to go around instead.

 

And taking the bus could be a bit of a pain if you don’t check out your route before you go. All of these routes will be detoured beginning at 9:30 a.m.: 06910121515L, 1616L20245283D/83L and the MallRide.

 

Parking at meters will be free, but if you don’t have to drive on that side of town on Monday, don’t try to.

Or better yet, drive right over there and march or volunteer.

People will begin gathering for warm beverages and breakfast bites by the monument at 8:30 a.m. and speeches will begin at 9:30 a.m. At Civic Center Park, there will be entertainment and awards from noon to 1 p.m.

Donations of food, hygiene products and clothing will be collected at City and Civic Center parks.