January 18, 2021

35th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


Step Show • Music & Culture Festival • Gospel Extravaganza
Free Band Showcase • Parade • Big Family Fun Day

Hosted by Advantage Village Academy


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's birthday is January 15th. Annually, the federal MLK, Jr. holiday is observed on the 3rd Monday of January each year. Advantage Village Academy (AVA) began and hosted St. Petersburg's 1st Inaugural MLK, Jr. Family Fun Day in an effort to revitalize the holiday. Since it was a huge success, in 2017 the City asked AVA to reinvent the MLK, Jr. Family Fun Day and MLK, Jr. Parade. St. Pete’s MLK DREAM BIG CELEBRATION was born.

The MLK DREAM BIG CELEBRATION will happen once again with events occurring from Friday, January 17th with MLK Weekend Step Show, Saturday January 18th with the MLK Music and Culture Festival, culminating on Monday, January 20th with the 34th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Dream Big Parade starting at 11AM and ending with the MLK Dream Big Family Fun Day at Tropicana Field from 2PM to 8PM. The Parade will travel along 1st Avenue South from 2nd Street South and end across the street from Tropicana Field on 16th Street South.

Get Event Tickets

Tickets are required for some but not all events. For more information about buying tickets or for special group discounts, please email us here or or visit our Events page.


If you have questions about any of the events associated with this year's parade, please send us an email here .

Please Volunteer

We are always in need of parade day volunteers. If interested please sign up below or send us an email here


Check back frequently for a list of upcoming events in our community.

4th Annual Thomas "Jett" Jackson Basketball Tournament

Saturday-Sunday, December 19-20, 2020 Wildwood Recreation Center, 1000 28th St. S., St Pete

MLK Dream Big Cultural & Arts Festival

Saturday, January 16, 2021 starts at 11AM Albert Whited Park, 480 Bayshore Dr SE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

35th Annual MLK Parade

Monday, January 18, 2021 at 11AM Runs Along 1st Avenue S.

Family Funday

Monday, January 18, 2021 starts at 2PM Tropicana Field

Event Video Gallery

A collection of video moments from recent AVA events.

Event Photo Gallery

A collection of the fun and community excitement from recent AVA events.


Not only the longest standing MLK Parade, but the most exciting as well. Listen to what some notable people had to say about MLK Dream Big.

  • It's one of the events I truly look forward to every year as it brings together our entire community to celebrate the heritage of our city as well as the cultural and societal impact Martin Luther King Jr. had on our country.

    Rick Kriseman

    Mayor, St Petersburg

  • Its a tremendous celebration that brings together people and performers from all around Florida to our great city to celebrate the life and contributions of a great man.

    Kanika Tomalin

    Deputy Mayor, St Petersburg

  • To have the nation’s longest-running parade celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in beautiful St. Pete/Clearwater is an honor and we’re excited to welcome locals and visitors from around the region, state and country to enjoy the festivities.

    Craig Campbell

    Director of Community & Brand Engagement from Visit St. Pete/Clearwater

  • The celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Dr. King’s message of love, peace, diversity, and human rights alive is truly commendable. At the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, we strive to live and work by these principles and to encourage others to do the same. We are grateful to share this noble mission with other passionate community voices.

    Sheriff Gualtier

    Sheriff of Pinellas County

  • The MLK Dream Big Weekend Festivities is the perfect opportunity to honor Dr. King’s legacy by connecting several generations in family friendly fun and cultural enrichment. The Urban Affairs Department looks forward every year to assisting the AVA team to take the parade, activities and programs to the next level.

    Nikki Capehart

    City of St. Pete

  • A great community celebrating a great man and having one big party. What else could you ask for?

    Marreese Speights

    Professional Basketball Player

  • We want to feature your quote and memory of the MLK Dream Big Parade right here!!! Send us an email at staff@mlkdreambig.com.

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