Plant City MLK Sports Complex - 1601 E. Dr. MLK Jr. Blvd, Plant City, Florida 33563

33rd Annual Plant City

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Parade

"Unity Starts Here!"


Saturday January 19, 2019

 

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DOWNLOAD MLK PARADE APPLICATIONS FOR 2019 PARADE


Saturday January 19, 2019
1pm to 230pm
Historic Downtown

Each year the Improvement League of Plant City hosts the Annual Plant City MLK Freedom Parade. The parade route is 1.4 miles and is held every year on the Saturday leading up to the recognized Monday Federal Holiday during the month of January. The route has only changed once in its 32 years of existence.

Consistency equates to timeliness and avoids incident.

PARADE PREPARATION

PARADE STAGING AREA

The staging area will be the corner of Wheeler and MLK Blvd. Arrival time between 1145am to 1215pm is recommended. Large groups may start arriving by 1115am to 1130am.

School Bands will assemble as in previous years in the Verizon/Frontier parking lot and will be merged into position as the parade procession starts.

PARADE STAGING AREA- map below

 

PARADE STAGING AREA- Download

Parade participants will be aligned along both sides of MLK Blvd from Wheeler Street going back west to Haught Funeral Home. Parade position numbers will be posted on 1/11/2019 on our website main page at www.plantcitymlkfestival.com.

The Parade will start promptly at 100pm. Adjacent streets close at 1230pm.

 

PARADE ROUTE

Aerial Picture of Route (above)

PARADE HANG OUT SPOTS FOR BEADS & CANDY!

The parade route continues East on MLK Blvd for 1.4 miles and ends at the Plant City MLK Recreation Center, 1601 E. Dr. MLK Jr. Blvd. Food, vendors, free giveaways and entertainment will be held at the complex through 8pm.

Wells Fargo Parking Lot & Plant City Photo Archives parking lot

Downtown Mural Parking Lots (Ace Realty Advisors) corner of Collins & MLK

Willaford Railroad Museum Parking Lot

Sam Cooper Park & Lake (MLK & Lake Street)

Bing House & Charlow Funeral Home (MLK & Allen Street)

Marshall Middle School Gym area (corner of Maryland Ave & MLK Blvd)

 

 

The application is also available for download on our main page directly and/or under the schedule tab/forms/parade.

Thank you for your continuous commitment to embracing and celebrating Plant City’s proud heritage.

Improvement League of Plant City, CDC
Organizers of the PC MLK Parade

Call (813) 704-5800 or (813) 757-6760

 

 

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Heritage, Culture, Education, Legacy

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"Unity Starts Here; the work continues!"

Theme for Plant City MLK 2019 - #PCMLK

The Legacy

The late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., once said, "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."

Now it's time for the Plant City and the surrounding communities to come together as one. The Improvement League of Plant City will be hosting the Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Cultural Arts Festival on January 11 - 26, 2019 at the Plant City MLK Sports Complex, 1601 East Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Plant City, FL 33563. 

This cultural event held in Plant City during the month of January features a variety of family oriented activities. Timed to coincide with the national holiday commemorating the life of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Festival provides an all-inclusive setting in which citizens of every ethnic background can experience and celebrate the contributions of African Americans to the culture of Hillsborough County & West Central Florida.

Opening Ceremony, Freedom Parade, High/Middle School Drumline Showdown, Sunday Leadership & Community Awards Breakfast, College Scholarship Awards, Gospel Fest, Plant City African American Driving Tour including the Bing Rooming House Museum and a one day street venue with ethnic cuisine, and concerts for children and adults highlight the Festival. 

There will be two community service days with an "MLK Day of Service" and "Carefest" where residents work on community service projects in neighborhoods.

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN GETTING INVOLVED?.....Click on the Schedule Tab for Parade, Vendor and Drumline applications.

 

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Proceeds for the Plant City MLK Festival benefit the following-

Plant City Bing Rooming House African American Museum

Forensic Science & Language Arts

Community development, and senior citizen outreach.

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