Parade, events honor Martin Luther King Jr.

Jacksonville's Martin Luther King Jr. Parade began at 10 a.m. Monday from EverBank Field, went along Gator Bowl Boulevard to Bay Street, then on to Water Street and ended at the Prime Osborn Convention Center.

The theme this year was The Color of Unity. There was a post-parade festival at Hemming Park.

"Martin Luther King talked about equality, justice and so people want to come and see stuff like that still happening," said Anthony Stevens, who attended the parade for the first time.

IMAGES: MLK Jr. Grand Parade

​In St. Augustine, there was a procession from St Paul's AME Church and along MLK Avenue at 11:45 a.m. It interrupted traffic for about 15 minutes.

WJXT and United Way honored King with a Day of Service, which began with an 8 a.m. kickoff rally at Edward Waters College gymnasium. Work projects began at 9 a.m.

 All national parks had free admission Monday in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. There are 12 parks in the Sunshine State, including the Castillo de San Marcos, Timucuan Preserve, Fort Matanzas and Fort Caroline.

All government offices and schools were closed Monday, as are many banks and businesses. The city of Jacksonville said trash collection will take place on a normal schedule.