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Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts celebrate the 16th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade. The parade commemorates the life of civil rights leader and icon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 18, 2016 at noon, with Grand Marshals Sonja Sohn of Rewired for Change and Justin Forsett,#29 Baltimore Ravens. Navasha Daya will sing the National Anthem.
More than 50 groups participate in the parade including high school and community bands, honor/color guards, equestrian units, fraternities & sororities, lively dance squads and civic organizations. This year, organizations such as the NAACP honor Dr. King and other civil rights leaders by making colorful floats that also represent the theme of #OneBaltimore. The parade steps off at the intersection of Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and Eutaw Street, proceeds south on Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and disbands at Baltimore Street. Spectators are invited to view the parade from along the route or near the reviewing stand at Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and Franklin Street. This year’s parade is emceed by Konan of “The Ko Show” on 92 Q and April Watts of Magic 95.9 FM. The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade is produced by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts.
A wide variety of organizations and performance groups from around the region march to honor the legacy of the late Dr. King. In 2016, attendees can expect to see live performances from community groups such as Norfolk Comanache Pathfinder and Adventure Club Marching Band, Infinity Elite Dance Team, Citywide Goldstarz Marching Band, New Edition Legacy Marching Band and the Baltimore Entertainers Marching Band. The Carver Vocational Technical High School Marching Band and JROTC, Edmonson-Westside High School Marching Band, The Baltimore Westsiders Marching Band and Paul Laurence Dunbar High School Marching Band also perform. Tradition is honored by the local chapters of high-stepping fraternities and sororities including Dr. King’s own Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Iota Phi Theta Fraternity and more.
Equestrian units Arabber Preservation Society, The Truth: Riding Horses with a Purpose and City Ranch, Inc. ride the parade route. Civic organizations such as Black Professional Men, Inc., Baltimore Ethical Society, Unified Efforts, Inc. and Women in Black continue Dr. King’s work through their participation. Other parade units include Baltimore Urban Debate League, Greater Baltimore Urban League Young Professionals Auxillary, the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake and many others.
The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade is produced by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts. The parade is sponsored by Kaiser Permanente, Yellow Cab of Baltimore and Metro PCS. Media sponsors include Radio One: 92Q, Magic 95.9, Spirit 1400, WOLB 1010 and Praise 106.1; Fox 45 / The CW Baltimore; The Afro-American Newspapers; The Baltimore Times and One Baltimore.
For more information on the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade, call 410-752-8632.