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Annual Martin Luther King Day parade in Houston rescheduled for Saturday

The parade was originally scheduled on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 15, but was rescheduled due to the winter freeze.

Marching bands, dancers and community organizations showed up to the two MLK parades held January 21st.
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Marching bands, dancers and community organizations showed up to the two MLK parades held on January 21st.

The City of Houston will hold its annual MLK Parade on Saturday, February 10, after postponing it in January due to the winter freeze.

The city is partnering with the Black Heritage Society for the "Original" MLK Parade, honoring Dr. King during Black History Month. The parade will start at 10 a.m., beginning on the corner of Smith and McKinney in front of Houston City Hall.

The parade was originally scheduled for January 15, 2024, on Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday.

Civil Rights Attorney Benjamin Crump will serve as the Grand Marshal. Crump represented George Floyd's family in 2020. Harris County Commissioner Adrian Garcia and Pastor Walter August Jr. will serve as co-Grand Marshals.

According to the city, the three were chosen because "of the critical qualities they exemplify as civil rights leaders–brotherly love and selflessness."

"We get a chance to remember the legacy and also utilize the opportunity to serve, to bring people together for the greater cause; to better humanity across the board," Pastor August said.

This year's theme is "Brotherly Love is the Strongest Advocacy for Peace."

"The theme is actually the things that Dr. King died for," he said. "Finding the common ground, that common thread that bonds all humanity together and that just basic needs of respect, of equity, of sharing."