Houston’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade goes virtual for 2021 event

This will be the 43rd annual event known as the nation’s original MLK Day parade sanctioned by Martin Luther King Sr. in 1978. (Courtesy Black Heritage Society)
This will be the 43rd annual event known as the nation’s original MLK Day parade sanctioned by Martin Luther King Sr. in 1978. (Courtesy Black Heritage Society)

This will be the 43rd annual event known as the nation’s original MLK Day parade sanctioned by Martin Luther King Sr. in 1978. (Courtesy Black Heritage Society)

The city of Houston’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade will be held online this year in partnership with the Black Heritage Society from 10 a.m.-noon on Jan. 18.

Officials said the livestreamed celebration will feature local entertainment including the University of Houston marching band, Booker T. Washington High School student performances and historical footage from previous parades. The stream can be accessed at www.htvhouston.net and at www.facebook.com/originalmlkdayparade.


Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo will serve as this year’s grand marshals, according to a press release.

During the live event, a drive-thru donation drop-off site will be located at MacGregor Park, 5225 Calhoun Road, Houston. Blankets, water, diapers, baby wipes, toothbrushes, soap, deodorant, socks, coats and other essentials will be collected and later distributed to two local nonprofits—the World Youth Foundation and St. John’s Downtown Church. Register here to donate.

This will be the 43rd annual event known as the nation’s original MLK Day parade sanctioned by Martin Luther King Sr. in 1978, according to officials. Learn more at www.originalmlkparade.org.
By Danica Lloyd

Editor, Cy-Fair

Danica joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in 2016. As editor, she continues to cover local government, education, health care, real estate, development, business and transportation in Cy-Fair. Her experience prior to CI includes studying at the Washington Journalism Center and interning at a startup incubator in D.C., serving as editor-in-chief of Union University's student magazine and online newspaper, reporting for The Jackson Sun and freelancing for other publications in Arkansas and Tennessee.