Martin Luther King Jr. Day events planned in Denver, Fort Collins and Loveland

Rallies, marches, community service projects and celebrations are being held across Colorado in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

-- The 29th annual 'MLK Marade'

Hundreds marched in Denver's annual marade -- a combination march and parade -- from City Park to Civic Center Monday. Gov. John Hickenlooper and former state Rep. Wilma Webb, who led the push to make MLK Day a state holiday, were among those who spoke at a rally before the marade.

The event is the largest Martin Luther King Jr. march and rally in the United States and is presented by the City and County of Denver.

-- Kaiser employees participate in MLK, Jr. Day of Service

More than 400 Kaiser Permanente physicians and staff are volunteering at nonprofit projects throughout Colorado Monday.

The volunteer work includes painting projects and diabetes and obesity prevention classes at schools, according to organizers. Volunteers will also be organizing food and clothing for donation -- some of which will go to Boulder County residents affected by the September floods.

-- CSU, Fort Collins and Loveland community events

The Colorado State University, Fort Collins and Loveland communities celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day with several events on Jan. 20. This year's theme is "Is the Dream Fulfilled?"

The CSU celebration Monday morning included a community march from Old Town Square in Fort Collins. Instead of the traditional route to the Lory Student Center, this year's march ended at the University Center for the Arts at 1400 Remington St. The march led to a celebration in the Griffin Concert Hall at the UCA.

Another event, "Loveland Celebrates Diversity Doing What is Right… Right Now!" takes place at 7 p.m. at the Mountain View High School auditorium, 3500 Mountain Lion Drive in Loveland.

The grand finale of this year's MLK celebration is the CSU Winter Carnival on Jan. 24 at 6 p.m, in the Durrell Center on campus, featuring musician Rob Drabkin. Colorado native Drabkin's music blends elements of rock, improvisation and folk.

-- National Western Stock Show

The National Western Stock Show will host the Martin Luther King Jr. African-American Rodeo of Champions at 6 p.m.

-- Colorado Springs

In Colorado Springs, the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble and the local Gospel Music Workshop of America choir will give a free performance at Colorado College at 7 p.m.

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