NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Today the nation observes Martin Luther King, Jr. Day honoring the accomplishments of the slain civil rights leader.
The city of New Orleans has several events planned to celebrate the holiday.
It will hold its 30th annual MLK-Day opening program at City Hall at 9 a.m.
A 1.5 mile memorial march will follow at 10 a.m.and end on South Claiborne Avenue and Felicity Street near the MLK monument.
Capping off the holiday will be an MLK community block party on Oretha Castle Haley at noon.
It's just not city officials holding events. At 7:30 this morning more than 300 volunteers, mostly local catholic high school students, will meet at Jesuit High School, for a day of volunteer service.
It's likely many will use this time to reflect on the 1965 march in Selma led by Dr. King.
In other events around the area, the City of Kenner will hold a parade beginning at 11 a.m. at Providence Baptist Church located at 11509 Jefferson Highway.
The parade starts at 11 a.m. and celebrations wrap up with a program at the Arthur P. Clay center on Decatur Street in Kenner.
In St. John the Baptist Parish there will be a march in LaPlace. The route will run up Belle Point Boulevard and down Airline Highway to the Percy Hebert Building.
The parish asks those who wish to attend to line up starting at 8 a.m. A rally will follow the march, at the Percy Hebert building.
Jefferson Parish offices will be closed and there will be no garbage collection. Curbside recycling will continue on a normal schedule.