The Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration in Lafayette will begin Saturday with a youth pageant, followed by a parade Sunday and a commemorative program Monday that features a speech from the president of a historically black college in Atlanta.
Saturday : A musical extravaganza begins at 2 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center at 305 Cora St., followed by a youth pageant at the center.
Sunday: The Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Parade begins at 3 p.m. at the Clifton Chenier Center on Willow Street and proceeds down MLK Boulevard to the MLK Center. No alcoholic beverage will be allowed on the parade route.
Individuals and groups wishing to enter a float or participate in the parade can do so for free, but must register as soon as possible by calling Lafayette Fire Chief Robert Benoit at (337) 291-8703.
Monday: Flag raising and other opening activities begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center, with lunch being served at 11:45 a.m. Afterward, there will be medical screenings and voter registrations along with display booths and exhibits. At 6 p.m. John Wilson Jr., president of Morehouse College, will be the featured speaker.