Denver’s MLK Marade: Marching Forward Despite Freezing Temps

Despite the frigid weather forecast in Denver until Tuesday, the 40th Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Marade on Monday remains strong.

The event will go on as planned, but some changes have been made to ensure safety.

Celebrating MLK Day Responsibly

Vern L. Howard, Chairman of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Colorado Holiday Commission, highlights the importance of celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day while taking the required measures.

Reflecting on the difficulties Dr. King experienced, Howard emphasizes the importance of carrying on the legacy, even in subzero temperatures.

Denver's MLK Marade Marching Forward Despite Freezing Temps
Denver’s MLK Marade Marching Forward Despite Freezing Temps

Howard Confirms March Will Go On!

Despite acknowledging Colorado’s cold climate, Howard emphasizes that the cold weather will not prevent them from marching.

This isn’t the first time they’ve faced frigid conditions during the Marade; in 1989, 2007, and 2008, the event went on despite the cold.

Changes and Safety Measures:

Given the anticipated harsh weather, modifications have been made to the programs at City Park and Civic Center.

Programs will be shortened to limit exposure time outside, and the march will commence with a 30-minute delay at 10 a.m.

Participants are urged to wear layers, gloves, and windbreakers, with hand and feet warmers recommended.

Vulnerable populations are advised to stay indoors due to potentially dangerous wind chills.

Alternative Celebrations and Safety Precautions:

Individuals who are unable to participate are encouraged to celebrate and remember MLK Day in other ways, such as volunteering or supporting neighbors.

Wearing warm clothing, staying dry, and being aware of early signs of frostbite and hypothermia are all precautions.

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Preparedness Tips for Participants:

  • Bundle Up in Warm Clothes:
  • Protect Your Hands and Drink Warm Drinks:
  • Stay Dry and Use Warmers:
  • Watch for Frostbite and Hypothermia Signs:
  • Get Your Vehicle Winter-Ready:

Providing Comfort and Support:

Starbucks on Colfax Avenue and Josephine Street will provide coffee and hot chocolate to make the event easier.

Exterior heaters will be installed at program locations, and Marade personnel will provide assistance along the route.

Staying Updated:

Participants are encouraged to keep an eye on the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Colorado Holiday Commission’s website and Facebook page for any developments leading up to the march.

MLK Marade in Denver remains dedicated to honoring Dr. King’s legacy while putting the safety and well-being of all participants first.

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