On Jan. 19, the Mesquite community will honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a day of celebration.

Festivities will begin at 10 a.m. with a parade through downtown hosted by the Mesquite NAACP. The parade is open to any business, organization, church or school that would like to participate. The cost is $45 per entry.

The celebration of Dr. King’s achievements will continue at 2 p.m. with a community celebration co-hosted by the City of Mesquite and the Mesquite NAACP at the Mesquite Arts Center located at 1527 N. Galloway Ave. The event will include speeches, choir presentations, dances and a keynote address from Congressman Colin Allred, U.S. Representative for Texas’ 32nd congressional district.

To register for the parade or for more information on the day’s festivities please contact the City of Mesquite at 972-216-6260 or visit

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