OCOEE – The City of Ocoee’s 15th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Unity Parade and Celebration will be held on Monday, January 16, 2023 at 10 a.m. The parade is being held for the first time since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Registration is now open. To register for the parade, visit https://www.ocoee.org/MLK. The parade begins at Citrus Elementary School, 87 North Clarke Road, and ends at the parking lot of the West Oaks Mall on Clarke Road. The public is invited to attend a post-parade celebration that will take place in the West Oaks Mall food court at 11 a.m.
Daralene Jones will be the keynote speaker at the MLK Day Celebration. Ms. Jones anchors the 4:00 p.m. newscast on WFTV-Channel 9, along with Greg Warmoth. She is also an Emmy award-winning investigative reporter who contributes to the Channel 9 Investigates team, focusing on in-depth reports.
The celebration program will include presenting of the colors by the Ocoee High School JROTC, Ocoee resident Sherrí Gladney will sing the National Anthem and sixth-grader Hailey Smith, winner of last year’s City of Ocoee Black History Month Essay Contest, will recite her award-winning essay.
For more information, please visit www.ocoee.org or call 407-905-3100.