Here are free family events to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy:Fort Worth Martin Luther King Jr. ParadeThe annual event will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington and feature marching bands, floats and decorated vehicles. Recommended ages: All When: 11 a.m., Monday, January 20 Where: The parade begins at Ninth and Commerce streets, heads west on Ninth Street, north on Houston Street, east on Belknap Street, south on Commerce Street, west on Weatherford Street and south on Main Street before ending at Sundance Square Plaza. Info: http://fortworthtexas.gov/ Cost: FREE!• MLK Advancing the Dream Youth Musical ExtravaganzaMore than 700 area youth participate in this art, music, dance and cultural event honoring MLK. Recommended ages: All When: 6:30 p.m., Monday, January 20 Where: Metro Center, Fielder Road Church, 1323 W. Pioneer Pkwy., Arlington Info: 817-459-5384 or 817-832-3470, http://www.arlingtontx.gov/mlk/ Cost: FREE!• Elite News MLK Parade and FestivalThe 28th annual event kicks off with a parade. The after-parade event is fun for the entire family and includes food, music, free giveaways and more. Good to know: Admission is free, parking is $10 Recommended ages: All When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday, January 20 Where: Fair Park, Dallas 75210 Info: http://dfwelitenews.com/ Cost: FREE!• MLK Advancing the Dream Multicultural FestivalWatch the film Freedom Riders as well as excerpts from the documentary Latino Americans. The celebration also includes entertainment, food and fashion. Don’t forget to check out the pictorial historical timeline of Martin Luther King Jr’s life and Civil Rights movement events from 1929 through today. Good to know: The event will be held in the Ballroom, Bistro and Theatre Recommended ages: All When: 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday, January 18 Where: Tarrant County College Southeast Campus, 2100 Southeast Parkway, Arlington Info: 817-515-3595, http://tccd.edu/ Cost: FREE!• All Western Stock Show ParadeWhat better way to celebrate King’s mission than to learn about different cultures including the Cowboy Culture. Cowboys and cowgirls will whoop it up in downtown Cowtown, which is expected to draw upwards of 100,000 spectators. Good to know: This parade is the kick-off for the Fort Worth Stock Show, which will host the Fort Worth Cowboys of Color Invitational Rodeo at 2 p.m. on MLK Day, Monday, Jan. 20 at Will Rogers Coliseum. Tickets are $16 and include admission to the Stock Show. For more information on the rodeo, go to http://www.cowboysofcolor.org/ Good to know: Reserved seating is available, starting at $15. To purchase, call the Stock Show Ticket Office at 817-877-2420 Recommended ages: All When: 11 a.m., Saturday, January 18 Where: From the front of the Tarrant County Courthouse, the parade heads south on Main Street, west on 9th Street and north on Houston Street and ends back at the courthouse at 100 West Weatherford St., Fort Worth, TX 76102 Info: http://www.fwssr.com/ Cost: FREE!• Martin Luther King Jr. ParadeCelebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as participants march from Dallas City Hall to Fair Park. Recommended ages: All When: 10 a.m., Saturday, January 18 Where: Dallas City Hall Plaza, 1500 Marilla St., Dallas, Texas 75201 Info: http://www.mlkcelebrationdallas.org/ Cost: FREE!
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