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

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

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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."



Annabelle Sikes

News Editor Annabelle Sikes was born in Boca Raton and moved to Orlando in 2018 to attend the University of Central Florida. She graduated from UCF in May 2021 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in sociology. Her past journalism experiences include serving as a web producer at the Orlando Sentinel, a reporter at The Community Paper, managing editor for NSM Today, digital manager at Centric Magazine and as an intern for the Orlando Weekly.

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