Tampa to recognize King for a day

December 12, 2012 by  

Again this year, communities in the United States will be celebrating the life of Martin Luther King on the third Monday in January. It was made a federal holiday in 1983 by then-president Ronald Reagan. The civil rights leader would have turned 84 on January 15 of 2013 – he was killed on April 4, 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee.

Tampa has held a parade every year since 1987 to honor the inspirational man. The parade travels along Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. to 15th Street. This year’s theme will be ‘Making the dream a reality’. Community organizations and corporations are welcome to take part in the parade and it will be a great way for such organizations to make their names known to the community. The parade will feature marching bands, several floats, vehicles, and walkers.

In addition to the parade, there will also be a Martin Luther King Jr. Business Expo taking place on the same day at Belmont Heights Little League Club. This will be a good opportunity for local businesses to showcase their products and services to the general public. The expo will no doubt draw business owners from around the area, including nearby Brandon. Exhibitors are likely to be working with local printing companies to prepare their booths with products such as banners and signs.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Parade will take place on January 21 beginning at 12:00 pm. The Martin Luther King Jr. Business Expo will run from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. For more information, call Dianne Hart at 813-748-0952.