MLK Jr. parade route, traffic and closures | News
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- If you are headed to downtown Jacksonville on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, expect delays due to the annual parade.
Participants in the parade will assemble at Jefferson and Water Streets between 7:00 a.m. and 9:45 a.m.
At 10:00 a.m. the parade will go East on Water Street, passing the Jacksonville Landing and then under the Main Street Bridge.
From there the parade will turn left onto Newman Street and then right onto Bay Street.
The parade will then proceed East and end at the Jacksonville Metropolitan Park.
This year's Grand Marshal
The Grand Marshal of the parade is, posthumously, "Chief" L. Jerome Spates. He began his career as a beat cop and became the Jacksonville's first black chief of detectives and then a Jacksonville Sheriff's Office director. He was born in Brunswick, Georgia, then moved with his family to Jacksonville. He grew up on the Westside and graduated from New Stanton High School. He also earned degrees at Florida Community College at Jacksonville and Edward Waters College and Nova University.