The purpose of the Statewide Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Colorado Holiday Commission is to unify and educate communities within the State of Colorado and encourage appropriate observations, ceremonies and activities in commemoration of the federal holiday and state legal holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. throughout all the towns, cities, school districts, counties and local governments within Colorado.

2023 MLK Holiday Schedule of Events

Welcome to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Colorado Holiday Commissions "Marade." This parade is the Only one of it's kind in the nation.

  • Date

    Denver City Park
    Monday, January 16, 2023
    9:30  a.m.  – Program commences
    10:30  a.m.  – Laying of the Wreath
    10:45  a.m.  – Step off of Marade to downtown

    Civic Center Park
    Noon to 1 p.m. – Entertainment, awards and celebration

    King Service Projects

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2023 Marade Keynote Speaker


Keynote Speaker

Firmly established as one of the most respected and longest-serving leaders in intercollegiate athletics, Bryant served 34 years as head of Augusta University Athletics. Under Bryant’s leadership, Augusta’s programs have enjoyed success on and off the playing fields and courts, bringing home national, regional and conference championships. Named the Division II Athletic Director of the Year and selected to the NCAA’s Division II 40th anniversary team for his standout efforts, Bryant has made a name for himself throughout the state and region.

Bryant announced his retirement from Augusta University on June 30, 2022. On Nov. 20, 2022 during half time of the Augusta Jaguars’ basketball game, Augusta University officially unveiled Christenberry Fieldhouse’s court as the Clint L. Bryant Court. Bryant was also presented with a certificate verifying him as Athletic Director Emeritus.

Bryant oversaw the 13-sport athletics department and promoted an environment focused on student success. In addition to program additions and facility upgrades, Augusta University has enjoyed unprecedented success over the last several seasons, with numerous teams qualifying for NCAA Regional competition, while 28 of the teams earned national rankings in their respective sports. Augusta men’s golf won back-to-back Division I NCAA National Championships in 2010 and 2011. In 2018, Broc Everett won the men’s golf NCAA National Championship. Bryant ends his historic career this season with the Augusta volleyball team reaching the NCAA elite eight for the first time in school history and the men’s basketball team reaching the national championship game.

Throughout his more than 45-year career as a collegiate administrator and coach, he has been recognized for his impactful leadership at the university and throughout the community. He has served the Kiwanis Club of Augusta, the United Way of the CSRA on their board of directors, a past president of the 100 Black Men of Augusta, Inc. and a past honorary chairman of the National Kidney Foundation of Georgia.

Bryant earned a bachelor of science degree from Belmont Abbey and received a master’s degree from Clemson University. At Belmont, he received the Marty Thomas Scholar-Athlete Award, given annually to a student-athlete who demonstrated both academic and athletic excellence.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute Concert and Humanitarian Awards

Humanitarian recipients have come from all walks of life, but each has been driven, as Dr. King was, by the desire to help and make the world a better place.

  • Date

    Tuesday, January 10, 2023
    7:30 PM

  • Where

    Boettcher Concert Hall

Marade will be on Jan 16, 2023

Welcome to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Colorado Holiday Commissions "Marade." This parade is the Only one of it's kind in the nation.

  • Date

    Monday, January 16, 2023

  • Start

    Denver City Park, MLK Statue

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