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Baltimore celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day; traffic modifications in effect early

Baltimore celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day; traffic modifications for MLK parade

(WBFF) -- As the Baltimore metropolitan area prepares to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day with parades, a wreath laying and many other celebratory events on January 15th, the Baltimore Department of Transportation reminds them there will be traffic modifications as they travel throughout the day.

According to Adrienne Barnes, BDOT spokesperson, citizens attending the parade are encouraged to arrive early and use parking facilities in the surrounding areas. All posted parking restrictions will be strictly enforced and vehicles parked in violation will be ticketed and towed.

Safety precautions will be taken at the parade. Motorists traveling in this vicinity should be advised that temporary traffic stops will be implemented during the event for the safety of parade participants.

Commuters should expect delays and are strongly encouraged to use alternate routes.

A list of traffic modifications for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade:

The Baltimore City Department of Transportation would like to advise motorists of the street closures and parking restrictions in effect for the 18th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade. The parade will be held on Monday, January 15, 2018 beginning at 12:00 noon.

The parade will step off at the intersection of Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and Eutaw Street, and proceed south along Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard to disband on Baltimore Street between Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and Poppleton Street.

In preparation for the event, the following streets will be closed to through traffic on Monday, January 15, 2018 with parking prohibited:

• Franklin Street between Greene Street and Fremont Avenue from 7:00 a.m. until 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 3:00 p.m.

• Preston Street between Madison Avenue and Howard Street from 9:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

• Madison Avenue between Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and Preston Street from 9:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

• Baltimore Street between Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and Poppleton Street from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

• Fremont Avenue between W. Baltimore and W. Fayette Streets from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 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 W. Preston Street and Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard from 11:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.

The following parking restrictions will be implemented on Monday, January 15, 2018 from 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 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 (10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.)

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Events include:

Mayor Pugh To Host Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, Kick-Off Celebration at the Baltimore Food Hub with Civic Works

WHAT: BALTIMORE, Md. Mayor Catherine E. Pugh will pay homage to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by hosting a city-wide day of service.

Prior to the 18th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parade at noon, Mayor Pugh will participate in several community-led service projects including an inspirational kick-off celebration featuring the Cardinal Shehan School Youth Choir at the Baltimore Food Hub, hosted by Civic Works in collaboration with The 6th Branch, American Communities Trust and the New Broadway East Community Association.

WHEN: Monday, January 15, 2018

Time: 9:00 a.m.


18th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade

Hosted by Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts and Mayor Catherine Pugh

WHEN: Monday, January 15 at 12 PM - 2 PM

WHERE: Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and Eutaw Street

Please join Mayor Catherine Pugh and the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts in commemorating the life of civil rights leader and icon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. More than 70 groups participate in the parade including high school and community bands, honor/color guards, equestrian units, fraternities & sororities, lively dance squads and civic organizations.

To honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 15, 2018, Mayor Catherine E. Pugh will host the inaugural Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. This year, the City of Baltimore welcomes residents to emulate Dr. King's leadership and compassion for others by volunteering in their communities. More information here: http://mlkday.baltimorecity.gov/mlk/


Van Hollen to Join MLK Jr. Day of Service in Howard County

On Monday, January 15, 2018 at 10 a.m., U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen will join the Glen Mar Church, Ames Memorial United Methodist Church, and St. John Baptist Church for this year's Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. Working with Terps Against Hunger, they will package 90,000 meals for the Howard County Community. In total, over 1,000 people will participate throughout the day. For more information on the event, click here.

WHO: Senator Chris Van Hollen

WHAT: MLK Jr. Day of Service in Howard County

WHEN: Monday, January 15, 2018 at 10 a.m.; The full event will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

WHERE: Glen Mar Church 4701 New Cut Road Ellicott City, MD 21043


MLK Day Celebration 2018 at the Lewis Community Building and Entertainment Stopping Violence Discussion, Quilting Party, Young Artist Exhibition, Screening of "STEP," and Performance by the BLSYW Step Team, MLK Musical Tribute and More!

Who: Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture

What: MLK Day Celebration 2018

Where: Reginald F. Lewis Museum, 830 E. Pratt St., Baltimore, MD

When: Monday, January 15, 2018 - Noon to 4pm

Stopping Violence in Our City - Community Discussion

Admission: $5 for All - lewismuseum.org for details

About the Reginald F. Lewis Museum

The Reginald F. Lewis Museum is Maryland's largest museum dedicated to the State's African American experience. A Smithsonian affiliate, the museum engages visitors through its permanent and special exhibitions, resource center, as well as programs such as its film series, live music performances, and family programming. Talks & Thoughts is a new community-centric public forum offering barbershop-style open discourse on current events that have an impact on the African American community. For more information visit www.lewismuseum.org and follow us on IG/ Twitter @lewismuseum.


The Black Caucus Annual Wreath Laying Ceremony to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King

Who: The leaders and members of the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland

What: The Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland will be hosting its Annual Martin Luther King Wreath Laying Ceremony featuring Governor Larry Hogan, Speaker Mike Busch, Delegate Cheryl D. Glenn, Chair, Delegate Darryl Barnes, 1st Vice Chair, and Delegate Edith Patterson, 2nd Vice Chair

Where: MLK Memorial Tree behind the State House

When: Monday, January 15th 2018 7:00 pm to7:30 pm.

Why: Every year, the members of the Legislative Black Caucus gather around the MLK Memorial Tree for the Annual Wreath Laying Ceremony. This Ceremony will feature brief remarks from The Governor, Speaker of the House, and President of the Senate.


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