January 14, 2000

Cultural Diversity to be Celebrated Downtown at Martin Luther King Jr. Parade, Festival and Candlelight Walking Tour

The 20th Anniversary of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade sponsored by Zeta Sigma Lambda Scholarship (Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity) and themed, "Let's All Come Together," will take place on Saturday, January 15, 2000 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., beginning at Harbor Drive and Grape Street and ending at Harbor Drive and Pacific Highway. Unlike in year's past, this parade will be further enriched by Multicultural Festival 2000 to be staged along the downtown waterfront, as well as an evening candlelight walking tour along the beautiful King Promenade, paralleling Harbor Drive.

The Centre City Development Corporation (CCDC) is sponsoring Multicultural Festival 2000 from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. at 585 Harbor Drive at the intersection of Harbor Drive and Pacific Highway. The colorful festival will feature vendors, exhibits, food and entertainment representing numerous cultures. Performers include: Barbara Jamerson and "Two Deep," Pasacat Philippine Performing Arts Company, Running path Native American Inter-tribal Dancers, Foster-King Dance Collection, Chinese Dancers, Ballet Folklorico en Aztlan, 2001 Dance Odyssey, and Extraordinary Balloon Art by Lorna Paris.

The program is designed to educate and captivate the crowd and showcase the excitement of Centre City along the waterfront. A free raffle also will be held, featuring prized donated from various merchants in Little Italy, Seaport Village, Horton Plaza and the Gaslamp Quarter.

As a tribute to Martin Luther King Jr., a symbolic "Candlelight Walking Tour" will stroll along the King Promenade from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. The tour will begin at Market Street and Harbor Drive next to the CityFront Terrace apartments. The $25 million beautifully-landscaped downtown promenade is surrounded by parks and public art highlighting some of King's most profound statements, many of which can be found inscribed in granite stone along the walkway. Existing public artwork, such as artist Melvin Edwards' "Breaking the Chains" and the soon to be added works, "Dream," by artist Roberto Salas and "Shedding the Cloak" by the art team of Jerry and Tama Dumlao and Mary Lynn Dominguez, capture the spirit of King's words. The walking tour will conclude at the reflective pond in the Children's Park with a program hosted by Gil Johnson, President, Procurement Concepts, Inc.

The program will include an original poem by Jihmye Collins, artist; songs by Roosevelt Carter; and a universal prayer by Rev. Francione, Assistant Minister, Pacific Church of Religious Science.

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