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MLK Holiday Celebrations Planned Across Texas

By Selena Hernandez, CBS 11 News
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A woman sings with other marchers before the start of a parade honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. on January 17, 2005. (credit: Mike Brown/Getty Images)

A woman sings with other marchers before the start of a parade honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. on January 17, 2005. (credit: Mike Brown/Getty Images)

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – Parades, marches and other celebrations are scheduled across Texas on Monday in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This year is the 25th anniversary of the federal holiday named for the slain civil rights leader.

King would have been 82 years old on January 15. He was assassinated in 1968.

One of the state’s biggest events will be held at Fair Park in Dallas, as community members and leaders fill the streets to remember King’s legacy and honor his dream. The 25th annual MLK parade will kick off at 10:00 a.m. Monday with a special breakfast. The event encourages and promotes the ‘day on, not a day off’ concept. It is expected to draw about 200,000 spectators.

Some big names are scheduled to appear at this year’s event including legendary Dallas Cowboys player Drew Pearson, Dallas Police Chief David Brown and several other city officials and local entertainers.

Following the parade, a festival will be held at the Towers Building in Fair Park. This event will include local vendors, a kid zone, a health pavilion, additional entertainment and much more.

The Dallas ‘people’s parade’ is billed as the second largest MLK parade in the nation.

In addition to these Dallas events, the rest of the state will spend Monday honoring King as well. Thousands are expected to attend a march in San Antonio. Houston’s parade has a theme of ‘Bridging the Education Divide.’ A food drive will accompany the MLK parade in El Paso. Parades are also planned in Abilene and Corpus Christi.

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