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Despite looming Houston cold front, Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade leaders say 2024 events will go on

Houston-area residents will gather Monday to commemorate the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr., a distinguished historic figure who spearheaded the Civil Rights Movement more than five decades ago.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade
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Marching bands, dancers and community organizations showed up to the two MLK parades held January 21st.

Houston-area residents will gather Monday to commemorate the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr., a distinguished historic figure who spearheaded the Civil Rights Movement more than five decades ago. Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade leaders said events on Monday will proceed as usual, despite a looming cold front.

King was assassinated in 1968 at age 39. Next Monday would’ve been his 95th birthday.

Weather permitting, Martin Luther King Jr. events around Houston this weekend and Monday are expected to proceed, but event leaders are keeping a close eye on weather forecasts.

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Saturday

28th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration at Children’s Museum Houston | 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. | 1500 Binz St., Houston

Every year, the Children’s Museum Houston commemorates Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy in a series of messages about unity, justice and peace, according to the museum.

Celebrations will begin at noon with a musical performance of “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” The performance will be followed by a peace march, gospel song performances and an “I Have a Dream” speech reenactment.

Martin Luther King Celebration at Central Green Park | 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. | 23501 Cinch Ranch Blvd., Katy

Take part in a community art project ahead of Martin Luther King Jr. this year, a family-friendly free event at Central Green Park in Katy. The theme of this year’s celebration is peace, according to Central Green. The endurance quartet will perform at 1 p.m. to kick off the event, followed by a community art project, craft booths, games and activities and a live DJ.

No glass, alcohol, balls or pets are allowed on the green.

MLK Parade | 1 p.m. | 29th and Church Streets, Galveston

An annual Martin Luther King Jr. parade in Galveston will start near 29th and Church Streets on the island. From there, the procession will move south down 29th Street and finish near Menard Park and the McGuire Dent Recreation Center, according to Visit Galveston.

Monday

30th Annual MLK Grande Parade in Midtown | 10 a.m. | Midtown, Houston

The 30th Annual MLK Grande Parade will weave through streets in Midtown on Monday, featuring dozens of performers from across the United States. Despite a statewide weather system pushing a cold front through the city Monday, MLK Grande Parade Director Charles Stamps said the parade will proceed as planned without exceptions.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the Holocaust Museum | 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. | 5401 Caroline St.

Despite typically being closed on Mondays, the Holocaust Museum Houston will open up galleries on Martin Luther King Jr. Day with free admissions, when the museum will remember and honor King and his leadership.

46th Annual Original MLK Jr. Parade and Festival | 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. | 901 Bagby St.

Black Heritage Society Monday will celebrate the 46th anniversary of the original downtown Houston MLK Jr. Day parade. The parade will be led by marching bands, floats and more. The parade will begin at Lamar and Smith Streets, and attendees can hang out after the parade for a festival featuring music performances and craft and food vendors.

“Despite the cold weather, the 46th “Original” MLK Parade will continue as usual,” Teresa Brewer, Black Heritage Society board member said. “The City of Houston and BHS are monitoring the weather for severe changes.”

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The cold weather system will move into Houston by Sunday, weather experts say. Temperatures will dip into the mid-to-low teens on Sunday or Monday evening.