|The parade will showcase marching bands, decorated floats, dance teams, military and ROTC groups, first responders, city and county officials, and more and will feature a special memorial tribute to the late John Bland.
«I am honored and humbled to serve as the grand marshal and encourage all Houstonians to participate by lining up along the parade route or signing up to sponsor a float,» said Mayor Turner. «Houston is part of Dr. King’s legacy, and he came here during the civil rights movement, and his leadership on behalf of all people is something we should commemorate.»
Corporate sponsors this year include HEB, Blue Cross Blue Shield, AT&T, Allegiance Bank, Communications Workers of America (CWA), Co-Grand Marshal Camille Cash, Silver Eagle Distributors, Foston International Communications, Inc., and United Airlines. Radio One will serve as the official radio partner for the parade.
The Original MLK Day Parade was the very first MLK Day Parade held in the nation after being sanctioned by the King family in 1978 in Houston. Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a Federal Holiday that honors the legacy of Dr. King, focuses on civil rights issues, highlights the use of nonviolence to promote change, and calls people into public service.