- Associated Press - Monday, January 20, 2014

DENVER (AP) - Marches, rallies and a rodeo are planned to mark Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday in Colorado.

Hundreds marched in Denver’s annual marade - a combination march and parade - from City Park to Civic Center Monday. Gov. John Hickenlooper and former state Rep. Wilma Webb, who led the push to make MLK Day a state holiday, were among those who spoke at a rally before the marade.

The National Western Stock Show will host the Martin Luther King Jr. African-American Rodeo of Champions at 6 p.m.

In Colorado Springs, the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble and the local Gospel Music Workshop of America choir will give a free performance at Colorado College at 7 p.m.

Admission to national parks is also free for the holiday.

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