Mayor Sheila Dixon, the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts and the Baltimore Community Relations Commission are proud to announce the 10th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade, presented by Forman Mills
On Jan. 18 at 12 p.m., the City of Baltimore commemorates the life of an iconic civil rights activist, orator and minister. In honor of the national Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, the parade recognizes and celebrates local organizations dedicated to community service, equality and social justice. The annual event features marching bands, steppers, community-based organizations, equestrian units, dance squads, color guards and other festive units that exemplify the timeless values of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The event steps off at the intersection of Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and Eutaw Street, proceeds south on Martin Luther King Boulevard and disbands at Baltimore Street. Parade-goers can see some of the best views of the holiday festivities near the reviewing stand, located at Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and Franklin Street. The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade is presented by Forman Mills and sponsored by Cricket Wireless, UnitedHealthcare, AAA-Mid Atlantic, The Home Store, US Census 2010, Fox 45/ The CW Baltimore, The Afro-American Newspapers, The Baltimore Times, Radio One (92Q, Magic 95.9, Spirit 1400, WOLB 1010), and in-kind support from World Famous Lexington Market Management since 1782.
On the national holiday, visitors and residents can enjoy exceptional marching bands and community bands, floats, fraternal and social organizations, and equestrian units. This year’s participating service organizations include Women in Black and Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom, an international peace network that promotes social justice, racial equality, women’s empowerment and the end of war; the NAACP Baltimore City Branch, a part of the nation’s most prominent civil rights association, ensures the political, educational, social and economic equality of rights of all persons by strengthening partnership and expanding the services it provides; the first African-American collegiate Greek letter fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., which is dedicated to developing leaders, promoting brotherhood and academic excellence, and providing service and advocacy for the communities it serves; Baltimore Equality, a newly-established grassroots group that campaigns for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) rights; Maryland AmeriCorps Programs, a network of local, state and national service programs that provides intensive, results-driven service to meet needs of education, public safety, health and the environment; and A Can Can Make A Difference that helps poverty stricken communities and leads one of the largest free food distributors in Maryland.
In addition, the Baltimore Department of Planning, US Census Bureau, Baltimore County Corvette Club, Black Affairs Advisory Council, All American Pageants, Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, American Legion Federal Post 19 Color Guard, Enoch Pratt Free Library, Bookmobile and more outstanding groups join the parade festivities. Equestrian units include the Millennium Cowboys, City Ranch, Inc., and Mounted Unit of Maryland “Buffalo Soldiers.” Parade-goers can also enjoy the musical performances of the Baltimore Westsiders, Perry Hall High School Step Squad, New Edition Marching Band, N-Full Motion Marching “Stallions” Band and the Edmondson Village Steppers.