2016 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Parade

Monday, January 18

2016 theme is “The Color of Unity.”

Thanks to you and the thousands of patrons who lined the streets to watch, the 2015 King Holiday Parade was a success.

Our 2016 theme, “The Color of Unity” takes on even greater significance this year. A strong show of unity is needed this year to demonstrate the significance of this Holiday for the entire Oklahoma City Community. We are asking that each entry incorporate the theme on your posters, banners, flyers, cars, floats, etc.

We are most appreciative of your participation in past parades. This letter is our special invitation to you to be an important part of our 2016 parade. Your participation is greatly needed in order to equal and or surpass last year’s event.

As your King Holiday Parade planners for the past thirty six years, we have worked diligently to make this event inclusive of all races, creeds and religions. The number of parade participants and on-lookers suggests that we have been successful.

Below you will find the 2016 King Holiday Parade Registration Form. All participants must register and be approved to participate in the parade. Please pay close attention to these guidelines: The Theme must be included on the posters, banners, floats, cars, motorcycles, trucks, etc.

Registration information:

Registration Fees – (a completed registration form must be submitted by the deadline for all participants) Checks/Money Orders are payable to “MLK Holiday Coalition.”

  • $45.00 Non-vendor Individual/Group Participants.
  • $45.00 Car Clubs (5 Vehicle Limit)
  • $ 45.00 Horse Club (15 Horse Limit)
  • $45.00 Motor-cycles (10 Cycle Limit)
  • No Charge – Middle School and High School Bands and ROTC

Please note:

  • Each parade entry must provide at least one volunteer Parade Marshal.
  • All decorated floats must have a fire extinguisher on board.
  • The theme (see above)  must be included on your posters, banners, floats, cars, motorcycles.

Deadline for receipt of registration forms:

Mail-in by December 28, 2015 by 5pm for the $ 45.00 entry fee. REMEMBER: No on-site, same-day registration.

December 29, 2015 – January 1, 2016 late fee charge of $55. No applications will be accepted after January 1, 2016. Mail registration and fees to P.O. Box 53084, OKC, OK 73152

You will be responsible for picking up your entry number on the date of the parade at the St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral, located at 127 N.W. 7th. You will NOT be allowed to line up without this information.

You may (1) download and print, then mail in your application, or (2) submit an online form.

  1. Download MLK Parade Packet for 2015 or,
  2.  Complete online form (please read the packet materials linked above)

Please also join us for these related events:

The traditional 9 AM Silent March, representing the true spirit of the modern Civil Rights Movement, begins at the Freedom Center at NE 23rd and Martin Luther King Avenue and travels West on 23rd to the south steps of the State Capitol Building.  We will host the annual Bell Ringing Ceremony on the Oklahoma Historical Society steps, and Annual King Holiday Program at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral, located at 127 N.W. 7th.