Join NBC 5, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center, Celebrating Our Heritage and the City of Dallas at the 2016 Annual Dallas Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade and Celebration on Monday, Jan. 18, at 10 a.m. in person or tune in to the LIVE broadcast on NBC 5. The parade route will begin on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Holmes Street and continue eastbound on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard ending at Robert B. Cullum Boulevard - Fair Park. Spectators are encouraged to get there early.
The parade and march will mark the first time the City of Dallas will have only one parade observing the Dr. King birthday holiday celebration. Historically Dallas has had two parades in the city over the Dr. King celebration weekend. One held for on Saturday organized by the City of Dallas Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center and one held on Monday organized by a community organizer. This year, the two have consolidated to create one grand parade and celebration that will be held on the Dr. King holiday observance.
This year's grand parade will feature urban radio legend Tom Joyner as the parade grand marshal. NBC 5's Anchors Brian Curtis and Kristi Nelson will serve as parade announcers. Other celebrities set to appear include actress Tasha Smith, actor Lamman Rucker, Miss Black USA Madison Gibbs, DJ Holiday of Atlanta with special performances by the Southern Methodist University Mustang Band, African diaspora stilt walkers, The Brooklyn Jumbies, and Chicago's South Shore Drill Team. There will be over 150 parade entries featuring marching bands, floats, schools, community organizations, churches, elected officials, cars and much more. Following the parade, a Celebration will be held at Fair Park featuring live entertainment, health and wellness resources, children's activities, college and career fair, job placement, fashion and hair show, actor's workshop with Tasha Smith and Lamman Rucker, car show, food, vendors and more. Admission is free.
Proceeds from this year's parade will benefit the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center and the City of Dallas William Blair Jr. Park.
2016 Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade and Celebration:
Monday, Jan. 18
10 a.m. - The parade steps off. The route will begin on Martin Luther King Jr. 10 a.m. Martin Luther King Boulevard and Holmes Street and continue eastbound on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard ending at Robert B. Cullum Boulevard/Fair Park
11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Fair Park Automobile Building
Admission is FREE