City Of Houston Unites Behind One Parade For MLK Day

Georgia Congressman John Lewis and Astros standout George Springer will serve as parade grand marshals.

For years, Houston has held dueling parades to mark the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr: the Original MLK Jr. Day Parade, which is organized by the Black Heritage Society, and the MLK Grand Parade. But Mayor Sylvester Turner announced Monday that the city will now partner with the Black Heritage Society on a single parade.

"From the start of my administration I have been honest about my desire for the city to have only one MLK Day parade," said Turner. "And as the nation's fourth-largest city, Houston should be known for celebrating the best and biggest MLK Day parade."

Turner said the decision was made after meeting with community groups. "It was time for the city to just stand and put its official seal behind one," said Turner. "And I hope the people will honor the decision."

The mayor said this year's event will pay tribute to Ovide Duncantell, the Black Heritage Society's founder who died last year. Georgia Congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis will serve as parade grand marshal along with Astros outfielder George Springer.

The parade is set for 10:00 am on January 21. The route will follow Dallas, Milam, and Louisiana Streets on the west side of downtown Houston.

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Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

Transportation Reporter

From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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