Ocoee pays its respects to King

December 13, 2012 by  

Each year, Martin Luther King Day takes place on the third Monday in January. It honors the civil rights leader who was tragically gunned down on April 4, 1968. The holiday was signed into law in 1983 by President Ronald Reagan and, since then, many communities throughout the country have held special events on that day such as parades and celebrations, with Ocoee being no exception.

As it has in the past seven years, Ocoee will be holding its Martin Luther King Jr. parade this coming January. The theme of the parade will be ‘The courage to believe, and act’. The parade will travel from Citrus Elementary School to the West Oaks Mall. The parade is open to everyone and there is no cost in order to participate, although sponsorships are available for local businesses from $100 – $500.

The parade will feature floats, vehicles, public officials, walkers, and marching bands. After the parade, there will be several activities held at West Oaks Mall. There will be a keynote speaker, musical entertainment from the Garden Community Choir, and free health screenings.

Sponsors will have their business logo printed in the event program, as well as having it on display on the event stage. No doubt organizers will be arranging for banner printing services from Ocoee printing companies in order to recognize those sponsors.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Parade will take place on January 21 beginning at 10:00 am. Proceeds from the event will provide the awards for the essay contest to be held during February, which is Black History Month.