This weekend, Denver will commemorate the legacy of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. In keeping with the theme “Remember, Celebrate, Act,” this Denver event has grown to be one of the largest celebrations in the U.S., surpassing even that of Washington, D.C.
A sunny weather forecast, including temperatures in the mid-50′s, should bring out near record numbers of participants for activities related to the holiday. Monday’s events include the annual Marade (March/Parade) and the African-American Rodeo of Champions.
The annual Marade honoring Dr. Martin Luther King is set for Monday, Jan. 16. Participants will meet at 9 a.m. at the Dr. King memorial site in Denver City Park with the Marade scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Participants will be marching to Civic Center Park. Additional commemorative activities, including the signing of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. yearbook, will continue at the Colorado State Capitol Building through 1 p.m.
Coinciding with the National Western Stock Show, the Martin Luther King, Jr. African-American Rodeo of Champions highlights how the history and direction of the West has been shaped by America’s black cowboys. This event provides the opportunity to see top black rodeo athletes compete in a variety of events. For more details, or to purchase tickets, visit www.nationalwestern.com/rodeo/mlk-rodeo.aspx