Holiday festivities honoring the Reverend Martin Luther King Junior continue throughout the city of Houston Monday.
A celebration of Dr. King's life will kick off as always with the nation's longest running MLK Day parade.
“Daddy King served as our first grand marshal,” says Sylvester Brown at the Black Heritage Society. “He commissioned our organization to hold a birthday parade in honor of his son January 21, 1978 and we've held that parade ever since then. This is our 36th year.”
The parade begins at Minute Maid Park. Then additional activities are planned at Discovery Green.
“We're honoring the 50th year of the March on Washington, D.C. And the Civil Right Act of 1964,” Brown tells KTRH News.
Meanwhile, the MLK Grande Parade also will be held in Houston's Midtown neighborhood.
“Its going to feature more than 300 culturally diverse performing groups,” says organizer Charles Stamps. “It will be led by the University of Houston marching band, Texas Southern marching band and Texas A&M Prairie View marching band.”
Monday's festivities cap off a weekend full of activities honoring the life and legacy of Dr. King which included a children's march downtown, a health fair and youth concert at McGregor Park, feeding the hungry.
A new MLK memorial also is scheduled to be unveiled at McGregor Park in April.