The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday will be celebrated around the country this year on Monday, January 16. Born in Atlanta, Georgia, on January 15, 1929, Dr. King's legacy of ending racial segregation, religious freedom, social justice, and equality for all people was made a federal holiday in 1983. It was officially observed in all 50 U.S. states in 2000, becoming a state government holiday to be celebrated on the 3rd Monday in January.

Lake Charles, LA, will honor the memory of the iconic civil rights leader with the annual city parade. Presented by Southern Touch Entertainment, the 2023 MLK Day Parade jumps off on Monday, January 16, at 10 am! Line-up is from 8 am to 10 am. If you or your organization would like to participate and enter a float in the parade, go to and download the application now. Time is running out to register, so don't delay!

The 2023 MLK Day Parade route is as follows: Lake Charles Civic Center, Lakeshore Drive, Broad Street, Enterprise Blvd., Mill Street, and return to the Lake Charles Civic Center. For more info, contact Donald Thomas at (337) 309-4720. See the parade flyer for more details.

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