LOOK: Denver’s Martin Luther King Jr Day Marade persisted despite freezing temperatures and snow

Over the years, the holiday and march has been an opportunity to comment on current events through the lens of Dr. King’s fight for civil rights.

Former Colorado Rep. Wilma Webb - who credited with establishing Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a state holiday - speaks before the marade leaves City Park, Jan. 15, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) mlk; martin luther king jr; marade; parade; march; denver; colorado; denverite; protest; city park;
Former State Rep. Wilma Webb – credited with establishing Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a state holiday – speaks before the Marade leaves City Park, Jan. 15, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Despite a temperature plunge that replaced a sunny Sunday with a freezing Monday morning, Denver’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Marade (part march, part parade) still proceeded from City Park to Civic Center Park with a crowd stretching at least a block long.


State report recommends allowing 3.2 beer sellers to automatically switch to full-strength brews

Lawmakers now get to decide how to handle the transition away from 3.2 beer.

The 7-Eleven near the National Western Complex, Elyria Swansea, June 14, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) national western complex; elyria swansea; development; kevinjbeaty; denver; denverite; colorado;
The former 7-Eleven near the National Western Complex, Elyria Swansea, June 14, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

The state agency that oversees alcohol licenses in Colorado published a report this month recommending that hundreds of gas stations and grocery stores currently stocking 3.2 beer be able to automatically switch to full strength sales in 2019.



What to know about Denver’s 2018 Martin Luther King Jr. Day demonstration

Denver’s 2018 celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy is set to kick off Monday morning at City Park.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Marade, Jan. 16, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) mlk; marade; martin luther king jr; city park; denver; colorado; kevinjbeaty;
Mayor Michael Hancock, House Speaker Crisanta Duran, Gov. John Hickenlooper and former Denvery Mayor Wellington Webb lead the 2017 Martin Luther King Jr. Marade, Jan. 16, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Denver’s 2018 celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy is set to kick off Monday morning at City Park.


Denver officials don’t want to see Stockyard Inn and Saloon leave National Western center

Denver is looking to buy the land where the Stockyard Saloon sits and hopes to keep the business on site.

The National Western Center, Dec. 12, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) denver; colorado; denverite; kevinjbeaty; national western center; national western stock show; development;
Stockyard Inn and Saloon at 4701 National Western Drive on National Western campus, Dec. 12, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

For some visitors, the Stockyard Inn and Saloon as much a part of the National Western Stock Show as the rodeo events and livestock.