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Annual MLK Unity Parade & Festival

  • January 16, 2017
  • Location: Downtown Mesa
  • Address: 1 E. Main St Mesa, AZ 85201
  • Times: 11 a.m. parade; Noon-4 p.m. festival
  • Admission: Free
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The MLK Parade will be held from 11 a.m. to noon. The parade will include Mesa Police, Mesa Fire, marching bands and community leaders and organizations. The parade will begin at University Drive and Center Street and proceed south to 1st Avenue. The destaging area will be along Center Street south to 2nd Avenue. At 9:30 a.m., Center Street will close between University Drive and Broadway, 1st Street will close between Macdonald and Centennial Way, 1st Avenue will close between Macdonald and Sirrine and 2nd Avenue will close between Center Street and Sirrine. At 10 a.m., Main Street will close between Country Club Drive and Mesa Drive. All of the streets will reopen by 1 p.m.

The MLK Festival will be held from noon to 4 p.m. at the Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St. The free program includes music; dance; food; an MLK creative writing, arts and oratory contest; an Interfaith Candlelight and Prayer Service at 1 p.m.; a credit building seminar and information on job and volunteer opportunities, health and community outreach programs. There will also be a youth area with games, bounce houses and other activities.