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2023 Garland Martin Luther King activities 


34th Annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade and March – Garland, Texas

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Garland, Texas Unit will host its 34th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. parade & march on Saturday, January 14, 2023, at 10:00 A.M.

MLK Parade Route in Garland – January 14, 2023

Parade starts on Dairy Road @ Garden Drive (near Embree Park), Garland, Texas, 75040 It proceeds north on Dairy Road to Highway 66 (Avenue D)
West (Left) on Highway 66 (Avenue D) to First Street
North (Right) on First Street to Highway 66 (Avenue B)

West (Left) on Highway 66 (Avenue B) to Fifth Street
North (Right) on Fifth Street to Austin Street
Parade ends at the Granville Arts Center, 300 North Fifth @ Austin Streets, downtown Garland, TX, 75040

2023 MLK Theme/Grand Marshals/“Lift Every Voice and Sing” Musical – January 14
The 2023 MLK theme is “Honoring Two Garland Mayors in KING Fashion.” Mayor Scott LeMay and former Mayor Rev. Dr. Ronald E. Jones, will serve as grand marshals. The celebration continues following the parade with the 2nd Annual Musical: “Lift Every Voice and Sing” on Saturday, January 14, 2023 at 12:00 PM. It will be held at the Granville Arts Center, 300 N. 5th Street, downtown Garland where the MLK Communitywide Youth Choir joined by students from the Garland ISD Fine Arts Department will perform. Winners of the 2023 MLK Float Contest will be announced at the musical. This event is free and open to the public.

Mayor Scott LeMAy
Mayor Scott LeMAy

MLK Youth Extravaganza on January 15, 2023 – Granville Arts Center Brownlee Auditorium

Youth groups from area churches and Garland ISD step teams will showcase their spiritual talents in praise dance and step routines on Sunday, January 15, 2023 at 300 N. 5th Street, downtown Garland, 75040, beginning at 4:00 P.M. The MLK Youth Extravaganza is free and open to the public.

For more information on these events, please contact the NAACP Garland Unit at 972.381.5044, voice box #5, or visit the NAACP Garland Unit’s website: and click on MLK Events.

Corporate/Community Sponsors/Radio Coverage on KKVI 98.9 FM Community Radio

The City of Garland; Garland ISD; JP Morgan Chase Bank; Veritex Community Bank; DART; Perdue, Brandon, Fielder, Collins, & Mott, LLP Attorneys at Law; Frost Bank; Dallas Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram; Randall Reed’s Planet Ford 635, Southwest Kia of Mesquite, Sport City Toyota, and Jupiter Chevrolet are sponsors this year. 

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