Thursday, January 02, 2014

Martin Luther King Day of Service-Take the Day On
Monday January 20th 8:00 a.m. .
Bartlett Park Community Garden/Green Florida
1443 Highland St S, St. Pete, FL 33701 (near 15th Avenue South and 8th Street)
Volunteers Will Improve the Garden's Capacity to Feed the Surrounding Community by building a chicken house.
Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve. Visit

ST. PETERSBURG, FL (January 17, 2013) - St. Petersburg hosts one of the 
largest Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday parades in the nation on Monday, 
January 21. During this year's 28th Annual MLK Drum Major for Justice National 
Parade, city traffic officials will make every effort to minimize 
inconvenience to motorists; however, traffic disruptions in downtown St. 
Petersburg can be anticipated between 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

The parade begins at 11 a.m. on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. St. at Third Ave. 
S., proceeds north to Central Ave., east along Central to Bayshore Drive and 
north to Fifth Ave. NE, disbanding into Vinoy and North Shore Parks.

St. Petersburg Police encourage motorists to pre-plan their travel routes and 
to use streets west of 16th St. After 10:30 a.m., drivers wanting to cross 
First Ave. N., Central Ave. or First Ave. S., are advised to use 28th St., 
I-275, or streets further west.

The Central Avenue Trolley (CAT) will operate a slightly modified route on 
Monday, utilizing First Ave. N. (westbound) and Fourth Ave. N. (eastbound) to 
bypass the parade. Regular CAT trolley fares apply (50 cents per ride). There 
will be no service on Central Ave. between First St. and 16th St. until 
approximately 5:30 p.m. Monday and there will be no CAT service to The Pier 
until after the parade. In addition to Central Ave., other roads affected on 
the CAT trolley route during the parade include MLK/9th St., Second Ave. N. 
and Bayshore Drive.

City-owned downtown parking facilities, except the MSC garage, will be open 
for public parking to accommodate those wishing to enjoy the parade as well as 
other downtown activities and destinations.

BayWalk Parking Garage (entrance at 117 Second St. N.) will offer the night, 
weekend and holiday rate of only $1 for four hours ($1 for each additional 
hour or part thereof; $6 maximum); while other facilities including the 
SouthCore Parking Garage (entrance at 101 First Ave. S.) offer normal rates 
including $1 per hour, also with a $6 maximum. The Al Lang Parking Lot, 
(southeast corner of First St. & First Ave. S.) offers a $4 flat rate for 
all-day; and The Pier lots offer a $3 flat rate for all-day parking.

For additional parking information, visit; a downtown parking and transportation 
map is available online at or

Wengay Newton at today's Dr. Martin Luther King parade.

Newt gives a friendly greeting, and beads for the kids.

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