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Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade and Day of Service

Join UC San Diego’s students, staff, and faculty, and alumni as we march in San Diego's Martin Luther King Jr. Parade and honor Dr. King by coming together for a Day of Service.

42nd Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade: A Campus Tradition

UC San Diego students carry a banner while marching in San Diego's annual Martin Luther King Jr Parade - photo Erik Jepsen

Sunday, January 14, 2024 • 10 AM • Harbor Drive, Embarcadero

The UC San Diego contingent will be led by a large "UC San Diego" banner, followed by the UC San Diego Pep Band, the Eight Colleges, and members of the campus community. Departments and organizations are encouraged to showcase their own banners, letters, and signage while we march in the parade. Departments and colleges are not required to wear the parade shirts. 


  • Buses from campus depart at 8:45 AM from Mandeville Loop 
  • Parade Line-up begins around 9:15 AM from the parade staging area along N. Harbor Drive between Grape & Ash streets (map)
  • Parade start time: 10 AM
  • Buses return to campus by 1:30 PM

*Note the time is subject to change. Please continue to visit this page for the most updated information. 

Transportation & Directions:

Join the UC San Diego contingent at 9:00 AM at the Parade Assembly Area, along N. Harbor Drive between Grape & Ash streets. (map)

Buses to the Parade

  • For students needing transportation, students should arrive by 8:00 AM for waiver signing and t-shirt distribution.
  • Buses to the parade will leave at 8:45 AM from the Mandeville Loop (next to Mandeville Center) on campus. 
  • Buses will return to campus by 1:30 PM.
  • Students needing transportation must register for a spot.

Trolley (check schedule for exact times

  • From UCSD Central Campus Station, take the Blue Line towards San Ysidro and get off at County Center/Little Italy Station (approximately 40 minute ride)
  • Walk towards the County Administration Building along N. Harbor Drive between Grape & Ash streets - look for light blue UC San Diego t-shirts and royal blue pennants! (map)

Driving Directions

  • Merge on I-5 SOUTH
  • Take the SASSAFRAS STREET (it will turn into KETTNER) exit toward SAN DIEGO AIRPORT
  • Look for parking near Kettner between Grape & Ash streets
  • Join the UC San Diego group on N. Harbor Drive between Grape & Ash streets - look for light blue UC San Diego t-shirts and royal blue pennants! (map)

Additional Information:

  • Individual marchers not taking transportation do not need to register
  • T-shirts will be given out at the parade site and are on a first come, first serve basis


Please contact Nicolette Solarez: 

Visit for official parade information

22nd Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

MLK day of service at Mission Bay High School

Saturday, January 13, 2024 

This annual tradition was established in 2002 as a way for our UC San Diego community to give back. This year, we will return to Mission Bay High School from 9 AM to 2 PM for a day of community building and connection to honor the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Service projects will consist of continuing to develop the sensory garden for special education students, painting a mural, creating a space for their new peer tutoring program, and much needed general maintenance and clean up around campus. A continental breakfast, lunch, and volunteer t-shirt will be provided to all participants.

Registration form is now available! Sign-up today to participate!


Please contact Andrew Amorao at