FORT WALTON BEACH — Okaloosa County's 32nd annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration is preparing to kick off with the New Year.

Individuals can participate in honoring King through several events in January. 

The events are as follows:

 

Oratorical and Art Contest

Participants include grade school through high school students.

When: Jan. 6, 10 a.m. Where: Striving For Perfection Ministries Church, 24 Bass Ave SW, Fort Walton Beach Contact: 850-862-3899

 

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Program

The program involves a guest speaker, singing by Community Choir, dance performance by Community Dance team, highlight winners of the Oratorical and Art Contests from the week prior and highlight winners of community awards.

When: Jan. 14, 5:30 p.m. Where: Beulah First Baptist Church, 109 McGriff St. NE, Fort Walton Beach Contact: 850-243-1724

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Okaloosa County Parade/March

The parade features a grand marshal (based on their community service), floats, winners of the art and oratorical contest, Color Guard, several community organizations, churches and the entire community.

When: Jan. 15, 8 a.m. Where: The march begins at the Fort Walton Beach Civic Auditorium, 107 U.S. 98, Fort Walton Beach The march ends at Fort Walton Beach High School, 400 Hollywood Blvd SW, Fort Walton Beach. Contact: drmlkjrcelebration.com

After-Rally Celebration

After the parade will be an After-Rally Celebration. The participants in the parade will be shuttled from Fort Walton Beach High School (where the parade ends) to Chester Pruitt Park to enjoy food, games, prizes, moon bounce, cotton candy, popcorn, snow cones, fire department participation, health screenings and more. Attendees should bring lawn chairs, as seating is limited.

When: Jan. 15, noon Where: Chester Pruitt Park, 15 Carson Dr SE, Fort Walton Beach Contact: drmlkjrcelebration.com