MLK Marade & Denver Celebration Returns Live Monday – The Burlington Record


After meeting virtually last year due to the pandemic, Dr Martin Luther King Jr. Marade of Denver returned in person on Monday, and organizers expect thousands of attendees at the long-running annual event.

This year’s event, the 37th birthday, will begin again in City Park at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Denver and the traditional marade route will flow east on East Colfax Avenue to Civic Center Park, specifically the 1400 block of Bannock Street .

Organized by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Colorado Holiday Commission – Metro Denver, the 2022 program, “A Day Off: A Renewed Dedication to Humanity,” begins at 9:30 am and a food bank fundraiser, campaign to hygiene and clothing collection will take place at both locations, organizers said in a press release.

There will be a wreath laying ceremony at the MLK Memorial at 10:30 a.m. and the walk is scheduled to begin at 10:45 a.m. with the Civic Center segment, featuring entertainment, awards and celebrations, at noon.

Organizers expect the crowd to be smaller, due to concerns over COVID-19, than in the past. Participants must wear face masks. Parts of the civic center park stay closed for the renovations and the downtown event will take place on Bannock Street, alongside the Denver City and County Building. On Monday, parts of the east side of the park, along Broadway, will be open to allow for the expected heavy foot traffic and the Greek theater part of the park will also be open to accommodate celebrants.

Former Denver Mayor Welliington Webb and former State Representative Wilma Webb D-Denver will be the guest speakers. A vaccination bus and voter registration and information efforts will be part of the day. At 1:00 pm, attendees will help clean up the park and civic center, and many celebrants will engage in Dr. MLK service projects.

Denver’s MLK celebration is one of the largest in the country. Although the coronavirus brought the marade to a halt last year, organizers have fed hot meals for around 5,000 people during a week in honor and in memory of King.