Top parties, parades and talks for MLK weekend in Tampa Bay

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1 p.m. Saturday, noon Sunday. Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. $10, kids 12 and younger free. (813) 218-3320.

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St. Petersburg has the area’s oldest parade, now in its 34th year, but Plant City and Tampa weren’t far behind. And more Day of Service events have cropped up, a call that arose in the mid-1990s to transform the holiday into a day of volunteer service in honor of King. Here are some highlights of the events and celebrations in the area.

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The musical portion of the Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival features performances by ’80s R&B hitmakers Midnight Star (Operator, Slow Jam) on Saturday and also CeCe Peniston (Finally), who was the first foreign female entertainer to perform in post-apartheid South Africa. Sunday brings trumpeter Rick Braun and saxophonist Richard Elliot, combining their contemporary jazz talents as RnR. Includes a children’s village, health screenings, food vendors and giveaways. 1 p.m. Saturday, noon Sunday. Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. $10, kids 12 and younger free. (813) 218-3320.

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The newspaper then wrung its collective hands since money came from the Republican Party of Florida, making it ‘impossible to separate donations used for the inaugural festivities and other party needs.’

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