A signature event that is part of the national registry of MLK Holiday celebrations honoring Dr. King’s dream for unity, freedom, social and economic equality, justice and sustainability, our parade is the oldest and largest celebration in the U.S., boasting a record 500,000 in attendance. Scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. on Monday, January 15, 2018, with the planned 2.5 hr. Liberty City route running from NW 54th St and 10th Ave. to 32nd Ave., the parade follows 8 miles of sacred ground that Dr. King once traveled during his frequent engagements in Miami.
There are more than 100 entries that include corporate floats; federal, state, and local officials; police and military units; historic pioneers; high school and college marching bands; dance and drill teams; equestrians; Chinese dragon; classic and exotic cars; motorcycles; historic MD transit bus; civic, church, community, and veteran groups; and trade unions. A community favorite--the Humana All Tingz Caribbean unit--delivers a salute that includes a Bahamian Junkanoo Band, Virgin Islands’ Stilt Walkers, and the best of Miami/Broward One Carnival Costumes and Calypso Dancers.
The parade is videotaped and shown as an hour-long special on WLRN / PBS that has a viewership of 1.9 million people.
“We may have all come on different ships, but we're in the same boat now.”
- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.