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West Orange Times & Observer Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022 7 months ago

City of Ocoee cancels Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Parade and Celebration

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In observance of MLK Day the city will broadcast its previous MLK Day parades.
by: Annabelle Sikes Staff Writer

The City of Ocoee’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Parade and Celebration has been canceled. 

According to a statement from the city, the event is canceled due to concerns about the Omicron variant of COVID-19.

"The city is committed to embracing Dr. King’s ideals of peace, justice and equality for all," the city said. 

In observance of MLK Day, the city will instead broadcast its previous MLK Day parades.

The segments will air from Jan. 13 through Jan. 18 on Ocoee TV Spectrum Channel 493. 

The special video will also stream online here.  A full schedule can be viewed on the city's website. 

In addition to the segment, a special photo montage “A Look Back Through the Years,” will highlight the city’s past MLK Day celebrations including the city’s first parade held 15 years ago.

The photo montage is posted on Ocoee TV’s YouTube channel

"We invite the community to take a walk down memory lane and watch some of the city’s wonderful MLK celebrations," city spokesperson Joy Wright said. "For 15 years, our parade and post-parade celebration at the West Oaks Mall have brought people together to celebrate and remember the legacy of Dr. King. We look forward to next year when we can all come together again for a great day filled with fun and fellowship."

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Annabelle Sikes is a staff writer at the West Orange Times & Observer, Southwest Orange Observer and OrangeObserver.com. She graduated in May 2021 from the University of Central Florida with a bachelor's degree in journalism and a minor in sociology.  Her past...

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