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Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Annual Community Parade


2020 MLK Parade Poster - Remembering the Journey - with Martin Luther King Jr and Civil Rights Activists

"Remembering the Journey" 

2020 MLK Parade Application
Apply Online (Below) | Download and Return (PDF)

The Community is invited to join us as we celebrate the Dream of Martin Luther King Jr.  Churches, organizations, daycares, fraternities, sororities, dance groups, bands, and businesses will stroll down Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue during this community event.

Parade Contact:
Natalie Gallon
Natalie.Gallon@LakelandGov.net
Office: 863.834.3351
Cell: 863.450.7897

  • Welcome Letter from Parade Coordinator Natalie Gallon

    The City of Lakeland Staff and Parade Committee would like to invite your group and/or organization to participate in the Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Parade: Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 11 :00 a.m. Our Parade continues to grow and improve in quality and content. The route will be from 14th Street to Providence and 10th Street ending on Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue and 2nd Street.

    This is an excellent way to promote your organization at a minimal cost. Entries are limited, so do submit your application early. Nothin can be given out along the route (candy or literature).

    Review the Application and Specs below carefully and complete the Application and Narrative completely. Submit your application and narrative online and return by mail or in-person your waiver(s) and entry fees by December 13, 2019 to:

    Coleman-Bush Building, attn. Natalie Gallon
    1104 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue
    Lakeland, Florida 33805

    On behalf of the City of Lakeland and Parade Committee, we would like to say, "Thank you" for your continuous support with this event. We look forward to seeing you in the Parade Interest Meeting on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. The meeting will be located at Coleman­Bush Building, 1104 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue, Lakeland, Florida 33805.

    Questions can be directed to Natalie Gallon at 863.834.3351 or 863.450.7897.

    Cordially Yours,

    Natalie Gallon
    Assistant Superintendent of Recreation
    Parade Coordinator

  • Parade Route

    The parade begins at Providence and West 14th Street and ends at MLK Avenue and 2nd Street. 

    View Route (Google Maps)

  • Waiver

    Download Waiver

    1. Submit your application and narrative online.
    2. Return your waiver(s) and entry fees by December 13, 2019 IN PERSON to:

      Coleman-Bush Building, attn. Natalie Gallon
      1104 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue
      Lakeland, Florida 33805

    Please do NOT mail waivers and entry fees.

  • Entry Fees

    Entry fees are $20 per unit. Deadline December 8, 2019.

    1. Submit your application and narrative online.
    2. Return your waiver(s) and entry fees by December 13, 2019 to:

      Coleman-Bush Building, attn. Natalie Gallon
      1104 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue
      Lakeland, Florida 33805

    Please do NOT mail waivers. Entry fees may be mailed or submitted in person.

  • Date/Time/Staging

    Parade Date: Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 11 :00 a.m.

    Line Up Start: 9:00 a.m.

    Staging Area: Kathleen Road & 14th Street (Large Field), Lakeland (Map)

    Applications will be reviewed by the City of Lakeland Staff & Parade Committee.

  • Parade Group Descriptions

    Professional Float:
    Designed and constructed by a professional float company. (Ex. Festival Floats)


    Trailer Float:
    Designed from sources other than a professional float company. (Ex. Homemade-flatbed/truck pulling trailer)


    Walkers:
    A maximum of 20 walkers per unit (number not including chaperones). Participants over 20 count will be an additional fee.


    Decorated Vehicles:
    Cars, Trucks, Vans, Antiques, Classics and Convertibles


    Marching Band:
    A performing group of moderated size. Drill teams may perform in conjunction with marching band units. Units should allow at least 4 feet between units.


    Animals:
    Units composed of live animals must be followed by a pick-up person, must submit proof of liability insurance coverage.


    Other:
    Any group type not mentioned. Only allowed with approval of the City of Lakeland Parade Coordinator.


    Nothing can be given out along the parade route: candy, literature, etc.

  • Decoration for Parade Groups:

    "Remembering the Journey" Floats: Important Information

    • The towing vehicle should be decorated with theme and must be equipped with a tow bar, safety chains, and working brake lights.
    • The organization's name/number should be visible to provide the announcer and judges of the unit to be mention for later viewing on LGN (City of Lakeland TV). The main purpose is to provide identification of unit.
    • The unit shall be no taller than 15ft. from the ground and no wider than 12ft.
    • Safety bars or some stable structure shall be provided for persons standing on the unit.
    • Judges will award trophies for the following categories that support the parade them: Best Decorated Float/Best Decorated Vehicle/Best Walking Unit/Best Step-Cheer Group. There will be Three-Judges' Choice Awards: Band/Best Church/Best Creative Overall Unit.
    • Each application should contain a unit description. Each participant has an obligation to update his or her application before Mandatory Meeting on January 8, 2020.

    Updates can be requested by calling Natalie Gallon 863.450.7897.

  • General Information
    • Acceptance and position of the units within the parade are made by the City of Lakeland Parade Coordinator and are final.
    • Notification of your unit position will be furnished at our mandatory participant's meeting, Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. at the Coleman-Bush Building.
    • Alcoholic beverages and smoking are NOT allowed on Coleman-Bush Building premises and will not be permitted at any time prior to or during the parade.
    • Any person driving a motorized vehicle must have a valid driver's license.
    • Units should continue the flow of the line throughout the parade to avoid gaps.
    • All parade participants should be picked up at the end of the parade route; P.A.L. Complex (2nd Street) or return to staging area on Kathleen & 14th Street (map will be provided).
    • Waiver of Liability Forms will be required from all participants. Forms are asked to be in for every participant before day of parade, place in envelope provided for you. Please Hand-Deliver the Waiver Forms vs. sending in mail.
    • Nothing can be Given or Thrown Out along the Route {Candy/Literature).
      • The Lakeland Police Department (LPD) will enforce this rule; Excused from line-up.
    • Music should be the clean version and the volume at an appropriate level.
      • This rule will be enforced by the Lakeland Police Department; they will remove you from the line-up.
    • Participants are asked to enter the staging area from Kathleen Road & 14th Street, unless otherwise instructor by Coordinator.
    • Participants should have an assigned number to enter the staging area.
    • Participants will have a designated area in the Lot near Kathleen Road to park their personal vehicles.
  • To-Do: Checklist
    1. Read parade information on this page thoroughly.
    2. Fill out and submit your parade packet online (below parade info tabs).
    3. Return entry fees by December 8, 2019  to:

      Coleman-Bush Building, attn. Natalie Gallon
      1104 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue
      Lakeland, Florida 33805

    4. Print out and return waiver(s). Waivers may be turned in at the January 8th Parade Interest Meeting.
    5. Attend the Parade Interest Meeting on January 8, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.
  • Late Entries

    Entries received after December 8th will be accepted through December 13th; late entry fees will be $30.


Online Application

You must print and return parade waiver(s) to and entry fees ($20/unit) by December 8, 2019 to:

Coleman-Bush Building, attn. Natalie Gallon
1104 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue
Lakeland, Florida 33805

Please do NOT mail waivers.
Entry fees may be submitted via mail or in person.

2020 Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade Packet

Please include zip code
Please enter home or cell phone
Please enter a second contact number, if applicable
Deadline December 8th | Check to acknowledge
Submit a separate application for each unit. Auto with trailer is ONE unit. Number & decal assigned for paid units.







Narrative

We would like to have a short narrative about your group. It will be used for the media broadcast. Example: Organization History, Awards, Upcoming Events.

Please check ONE




Please enter at least two sentences and no longer than 500 characters. Longer entries will be edited.
Judges Choice Awards Will Be Awarded