The annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade kicked off King Fest in Galveston on Saturday. The new Galveston Police Chief Vernon Hale served as this year’s honorary Grand Marshal. The parade began at 29th and Church Street and ended at Menard Park with a small celebration. On Sunday, the African American Heritage Committee of the Galveston Historical Foundation is sponsoring the 17th annual MLK Essay Contest and Reception at the Old Cultural Center. There will also be a church service at Missionary Baptist featuring the MLK Service Awards Sunday night. King Fest will conclude with a Unity Prayer Circle at Saint Vincent’s House on Monday at 11 a.m. 

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