What to know about Denver’s 2018 Martin Luther King Jr. Day demonstration

Denver’s 2018 celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy is set to kick off Monday morning at City Park.

staff photo
The Martin Luther King Jr. Marade, Jan. 16, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)  mlk; marade; martin luther king jr; city park; denver; colorado; kevinjbeaty;

Mayor Michael Hancock, House Speaker Crisanta Duran, Gov. John Hickenlooper and former Denvery Mayor Wellington Webb lead the 2017 Martin Luther King Jr. Marade, Jan. 16, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Denver’s 2018 celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy is set to kick off Monday morning at City Park.

The 32nd annual Denver Marade is anticipated to start 9:30 a.m. Monday near the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in City Park. After speakers touch on race inequality and MLK’s vision, attendees are expected to march/parade down East Colfax Avenue to Civic Center Park.

2018 Marade route. (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Colorado Holiday Commission)

2018 Marade route. (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Colorado Holiday Commission)

East Colfax Avenue will be shut down to traffic as thousands in the Marade make their way downtown. Entertainment, awards and celebration are planned from noon to 1 p.m. at Civic Center.

It’s shaping up to be another cold Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The National Weather Service predicts a 50 percent chance of snow Monday with a high near 28.

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Colorado Holiday Commission organizes the Marade and set up a Facebook event with more details about Monday’s event.

In recent years, the commission struggled to bring in funds to support the Marade and other programs and events that it’s involved with. Last year, the group passed donation buckets around for the first time in the event’s history. It’s unclear if the buckets will be passed again this year.

Before the Marade program starts, organizers are asking people to participate in a collection drive to gather dry groceries, personal hygiene items and clothing accessories. More details about the drive can be found here.

 

Business & data reporter Adrian D. Garcia can be reached via email at agarcia@denverite.com or twitter.com/adriandgarcia.

Subscribe to Denverite’s newsletter here bit.ly/DailyDenverite.