The City of Deerfield Beach honors the memory and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. with a Parade which will be held on Monday, January 20th. This year, the parade will start at St. Ambrose Church located at 380 Federal Hwy. The parade will begin at 10:00 AM and will go north on US-1 for 0.4 miles and turn left onto E Hillsboro Blvd for 1.1 miles, the parade will then turn left onto SW 3rd Ave/SW Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave for 0.2 miles and conclude at Oveta Mckeithen Recreational Complex (445 SW 2nd St). You won’t wont to miss out on this year’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday celebration featuring keynote speaker Senator Perry E. Thurston, Jr.!
The MLK parade will be followed by a battle of the band competition at Oveta Mckeithen Recreational Complex where participating school band drumlines can compete for trophies along with a monetary prize awarded to the school’s music program. For participating marching bands, the City of Deerfield will be offering paid transportation or a stipend to pay for travel costs. Judges will be located on the stage in front of Food Bazaar (202 W Hillsboro Blvd). In addition to live music, there will be bounce houses for the younger attendees and a family-friendly picnic.
Parade Competition Categories
1. BEST OVERALL FLOAT
2. BEST MARCHING BAND
3. BEST YOUTH GROUP
4. BEST CIVIC GROUP
5. BEST CHURCH ENTRY
6. BEST SCHOOL ENTRY
If you would like to apply to participate in the MLK parade, please fill out the parade application HERE.
Event Schedule Monday, January 20, 2020
10:00 AM – 12:30 PM: MLK Weekend Celebration Parade
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Battle of the Bands
1:45 PM Awards Ceremony
2:00 PM – 2:30 PM: Speaker Perry E. Thurston Jr.
2:45 PM – 3:45 PM: Route 5
4:00 PM – 4:45 PM: Young Starz
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM: TBD
Complimentary Shuttle Service
Shuttle service will be provided for walkers in the MLK parade from Oveta McKeithen Recreational Complex (445 SW 2nd St.) to St. Ambrose Church (380 Federal Hwy) starting at 8:00 AM. The last shuttle for participants will be at 8:30 AM. If MLK parade presented by participants arrive after 8:30 AM they will need to drive to Pioneer Park as there will no longer be transportation provided before the MLK parade start.
Shuttle service will be provided back to St. Ambrose Church (380 Federal Hwy) from the Oveta McKeithen Recreational Complex (445 SW 2nd St.) following the conclusion of the MLK parade until 7:00 PM, or when the picnic concludes.
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Applications for School Marching Band Drumlines can be found at: www.dfb.city/mlk
Date(s) - 01/20/2020
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Oveta McKeithen Recreational Complex 445 SW 2nd St., Deerfield Beach, FL