Here’s what to expect from the annual Downtown Fort Worth Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Parade

dfwnewsa | February 16, 2024 | 0 | Fort Worth , Fort Worth News

Here’s what to expect from the annual Downtown Fort Worth Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Parade

Student Tyshawn Wright leads the Dunbar High School marching band at the Martin Luther King Jr. Parade in east Fort Worth on Jan. 15, 2022. (Cristian ArguetaSoto | Fort Worth Report)
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Krista Boyce Daniels expects this year’s Downtown Fort Worth Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade to be the biggest yet.

Daniels, the chair of the Greater Fort Worth MLK Holiday Committee, postponed the parade to Feb. 19 after cold weather gripped the area Jan. 15. The parade will celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. with performances from 11 high school bands, nine ROTC groups and various car clubs.

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Moving the parade to another date, Daniels said, opened a new opportunity: Dallas groups can participate in Fort Worth’s event. Several have already signed up, Daniels said. 

“The extra time made it better,” Daniels said. “This will be the first year the parade will feature floats and more than a dozen classic cars from the DFW Kings and Queens Corvette Club.”

Attendance at last year’s parade was 22,000, according to the MLK Holiday Committee. 

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“We’re praying for a good turnout this year as well,” Daniels said.

Lineup begins at 10 a.m. Feb. 19 downtown, and the parade starts at 11 a.m. The parade will stretch 2 miles, from Commerce and Ninth streets to a rally at Sundance Square. The rally will include performances from musician Colton Blake and poet April Pelton.

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Online registration to walk in the parade closes at 11:59 p.m. Feb. 18. Organizers said anyone who misses the online deadline can register on-site before the parade, between 8 and 10 a.m.; there’s a $25 registration fee. 

Check-in for pre-registered attendees begins at 8:30 a.m. on the east side of the Fort Worth Convention Center at 10th and Commerce streets.

Daniels hopes that those not marching in the parade will line the streets of downtown.

“I would love for individuals to enjoy themselves, even within this nation’s unrest, and encourage them to bring noisemakers, lawn chairs and their voices,” Daniels said.

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Hanna Landa is a spring audience engagement fellow at the Fort Worth Report. Contact her at hanna.landa@fortworthreport.org. At the Fort Worth Report, news decisions are made independently of our board members and financial supporters. Read more about our editorial independence policy here.

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