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MLK Day Parade Route In Baltimore 2018

Get the route and more for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade in Baltimore.

By Elizabeth Janney, Patch Staff

BALTIMORE, MD — There will be several events to recognize Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Baltimore City on Monday, Jan. 15.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade in Baltimore City will feature a variety of guest appearances and performances. There will also be a special concert and celebration at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum.

This year's observance of MLK Day falls on Jan. 15, King's actual birthday. The renowned civil rights leader was born in Atlanta on Jan. 15, 1929. The holiday also comes ahead of the 50th anniversary of King's assassination on April 4, 1968.

Government buildings and Baltimore schools will be closed to recognize the federal holiday. Trash and recycling collection have the day off too. See the public works announcement as well as road closures at the bottom of the article.

The city-sponsored parade kicks off on MLK Jr. Boulevard at Eutaw Street and proceeds to Baltimore Street. The viewing stand is located on MLK Jr. Boulevard at Franklin Avenue.

More than 70 groups will participate in the parade, with Davon Fleming of "The Voice" acting as the grand marshal.

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The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, which coordinates the parade, provided this information about the 18th annual event:

"In 2018, parade attendees can expect to see marching bands such as the Citywide Goldstarz Marching Band, Edmondson-Westside High School Marching Band, New Edition Legacy Marching Band, Frederick Douglass High School Marching Band and Paul Laurence Dunbar High School Marching Band, and community groups including Baltimore Ceasefire 365, Baltimore Community Meditation Group, Greater Baltimore Urban League and People's Power Assembly, among others. Numerous dance and cheerleading groups also perform while marching in the parade, and a number of equestrian units ride along the parade route. Tradition is honored by the local chapters of high-stepping fraternities and sororities including Dr. King's own Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and Kappa Epsilon Military Sorority."

The parade runs from noon to 2 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 15, from MLK Jr. Boulevard at Eutaw Street to MLK Jr. Boulevard at Baltimore Street. Several road closures are planned, and parking enforcement will be in effect. See the road closure list below.

MLK Celebration 2018

The MLK Celebration 2018 at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum takes place from noon to 4 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 15, at 830 East Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21202.

It will feature discussions, exhibits and a special performance entitled: "Man of Peace: The 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr."

Road Closures

The Baltimore City Department of Transportation provided the following information about road closures for the events on Monday, Jan. 15. Drivers should expect delays in the area of the parade, along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

Parking will be prohibited and roads closed on these routes:

  • Franklin Street between Greene Street and Fremont Avenue from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Access to westbound Route 40 will be maintained.
  • Eutaw Street between Dolphin Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard from 9:30 a.m. until 3 p.m.
  • Preston Street between Madison Avenue and Howard Street from 9:30 a.m. until 3 p.m.
  • Madison Avenue between Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and Preston Street from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Baltimore Street between Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Poppleton Street from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Fremont Avenue between West Baltimore and West Fayette streets from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Southbound Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard between Eutaw and Lombard Streets from 11:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.
  • The left lane of northbound Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard between Lombard and Eutaw streets from 11:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.
  • Pennsylvania Avenue between West Preston Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard from 11:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.

The following parking restrictions will be effective from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.:

  • Eutaw Street from Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard to Dolphin Street
  • Madison Avenue from Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to Preston Street
  • Preston Street from Madison Avenue to Eutaw Street
  • Baltimore Street from Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard to Poppleton Street
  • Fremont Avenue from W. Baltimore to W. Fayette Streets
  • Pennsylvania Avenue from Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to Preston Street (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

Public Works Announcement

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a city holiday, and Baltimore City Department of Public Works offices and yards will be closed on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018.

Trash and recycling collections will not occur on Monday. No bulk trash collections are scheduled.

(AP Photo/Charles Harrity)