Parade

2015 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Parade

Monday, January 19  is the date for the 2014 King Holiday Parade.

REMEMBER: No on-site, same-day registration.

Our 2015 theme, “Honor, Celebrate, and Work” 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 most appreciative of your participation in past parades.  This letter is our special invitation to you to be an important part of our 2015 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 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.

Enclosed is the 2015 King Holiday Parade Registration FormAll participants must register and be approved to participate in the parade.  Please pay close attention to these guidelines:

Registration Fees – a completed registration form must be submitted by the deadline for all participants.

  • $40.00 Non-vendor Individual/Group Participants.
  • $40.00 Car Clubs -5 Vehicle Limit –
  • Over 5 vehicles  will be charged $10.00 per vehicle.
  • No Charge – Middle School and High School Bands and ROTC

Each parade entry must provide at least one volunteer Parade Marshal.

All decorated floats must have  a fire extinguisher on board.

Deadline for receipt of registration forms:

Mail-in by December 31, 2014 by 5pm for the $ 40.00 entry fee .

January 1 – 5, 2015 late fee charge of $50.  No applications will be accepted after January 5, 2014.

Checks/Money Orders are payable to “MLK Holiday Coalition.”

Mail registration and fees to P.O. Box 53084, OKC, OK 73152

A special point of emphasis in the parade this year will be the enforcement of the prohibition against throwing candy from vehicles of parade participants.  This has caused us problems in the past. There is a city ordinance against this and we have asked law enforcement and parade marshals to be particularly vigilant in enforcing this law. Throwing candy from vehicles will simply not be tolerated this year.  The proper procedure is to have someone in your organization to walk along and hand out candy rather than throwing it. Also, each entry must provide one parade marshal to work with coalition.

Please 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.