by Mitch Perry
Today is the third Monday in January, the annual Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. To commemorate the occasion, there are a variety of events happening on both sides of the Bay. Perhaps the most accessible for those who want to celebrate the occasion are the parades scheduled for later in the day.
In Tampa: The parade begins at 12:00 noon and will move down the east Tampa route on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard from 15th & East MLK, Jr. Blvd and will end at Middleton High School.
In St. Pete: The parade begins at 11:00 a.m. at Third Ave. S. and Dr. Martin Luther King St., proceeds north to Central Ave., east to Bayshore Drive NE, and north to Fifth Ave. NE, disbanding at Vinoy Park.