20 E Main St
Mesa, AZ 85201
Each year, the City of Mesa, East Valley Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Committee along with the greater community come together to honor and celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a parade and festival. While COVID-19 has certainly presented us with challenges for in-person events, it will not deter us from celebrating on Monday, January 18, 2021.
In keeping with health guidelines for the pandemic we will not be hosting an in-person parade and festival in 2021. However, in the spirit of adjustments for a purpose, we will be conducting a virtual celebration including the 23rd Annual Virtual Parade and are asking for the community’s participation!
“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal’.” -Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
In lieu of a physical east valley parade and festival, a regional honoring of Dr. King will take place. The cities of Mesa, Tempe, Chandler, Gilbert, Phoenix and Scottsdale and the Mesa MLK Celebration Committee will be joining with AZPBS (Channel 8) for a three-part mini documentary based on the iconic “I Have a Dream” speech. The documentary will be combined with performing artists and other features celebrating Dr. King during a special program that will be broadcast on Channel 8 during the Horizon timeslot on MLK Day followed by a Facebook Live panel discussion featuring community leaders and historians.