Mayor Landrieu, City Residents March To Honor The Life Of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu and special guests at the 31st Annual Memorial MLK March.

NEW ORLEANS – Today, Monday, Jan. 16, City Hall, will be closed for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday.

         In honor of the day, members of the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Planning Commission joined Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Dillard University President Walter Kimbrough and other special guests on the steps of City Hall, 3100 Perdido St., for an opening ceremony at 9 a.m., followed by the 31st Annual Memorial MLK March. The march followed a nearly 1.5-mile route from City Hall to the MLK Monument on S. Claiborne Avenue and Felicity Street. All residents were welcomed and encouraged to attend.

         Marchers followed a route down Loyola Avenue toward Uptown. After Loyola Avenue turns into Simon Bolivar Boulevard, the parade turned right on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, headed toward S. Claiborne Avenue and ended at the Martin Luther King Jr. Monument on S. Claiborne Avenue and Felicity Street.

         At 12:00 p.m., the 1st Dream Big Open Mic Experience has been planned at the New Orleans Jazz Market, 1436 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. 

         The New Orleans Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Planning Commission includes:



The Honorable Mitchell J. Landrieu

Mayor, City of New Orleans



Rev. Norwood Thompson, Jr.


Commission Members

Ms. Avis M. Brock

Rev. Abraham McFarland

Mr. Bertrand Butler

Mrs. Barbara Lacen-Keller

Mrs. Bobbie Cornish-Brent

Mr. Wilson Boveland

Ms. Myrtis Johnson

Rev. Helena Wright Butler

Rev. Samuel Butler

Mr. Bertrand Butler

Mr. Glenis M. Scott Sr.

Mr. Charlie Johnson

Mr. Happy Johnson

Ms. Candance Quarels

Dr. Levon LeBan

Ms. Florida Carr Hargrove

Rev. Bob Hildebrandt

Rev. Marie Galatis-Ortiz

Elder Clarence Beckham

Ms. Cherise Harrison-Nelson

Mr. Johnathan Lewis

Mr. Robert Bachman

Dr. Ernest Marcelle Jr.

Rev. Jason Hayes

Ms. Josie LaCour

Mr. Erik Schwarz

Ms. Janet Tobias

Dr. Leon Tilton Jr.


City Staff

Deputy Mayor Judy R. Morse

Kenneth Morgan Jr.

Sheryln Harris

Kwame Juakali

Curtis Elmore


         City Hall will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, Jan. 17.

         For more information about this year’s events



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