Merced march honoring MLK planned for Monday

Hundreds of people are scheduled to participate Monday in the annual march honoring trailblazing civil rights leader the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

The 18th annual march is to take place along Martin Luther King Jr. Way. The march will begin at 11 a.m at the Amtrak station, 324 W. 24th St., and end at the Merced County Fairgrounds, 900 Martin Luther King Jr. Way.

After the march, there will be a celebration inside the Exhibit Building at the fairgrounds, with entertainment by local schoolchildren, youth groups, choirs and speakers, according to organizers.

Merced-based Rancho Valencia riders and Sol de Valle dancers will be part of the multicultural celebration.

The parade’s grand marshals are Yosemite National Park Ranger Shelton Johnson and the Rev. Dwight Amey.

There will be road closures associated with the parade: 24th Street between H Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Way, and Martin Luther King Jr. Way from 24th to Eighth streets.

Highway 99 southbound and northbound offramps will be closed at 14th Street. South Highway 59 at Childs Avenue will be inaccessible.