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City of Tallahassee postpones MLK Day parade for a second time

Posted at 1:15 AM, Feb 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-07 14:19:15-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — On a day meant to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy, it was business as usual up and down Monroe Street in Tallahassee.

A street that should have been closed for the city's 'reverse-style' MLK Jr. Day parade. A parade postponed one time before due to potential threats inauguration week.

"We just kind of had to watch the weather, and as it got closer and closer, it looked like we were going to have inclement weather, and of course we wanted to keep people safe," said Tallahassee City Commissioner Diane Williams-Cox.

This was a decision organizers said didn't come easy. With organizations like the Omega lamplighters who were ready to perform.

"It was disappointing of course, but understandable. For people in our community, safety is a priority, and we have to be cautious at all times, so it was a little disappointing," said Royle King, Program Director for Omega Lamplighters.

And until the day when they get to step in honor of the civil rights leader, they'll keep finding ways to honor the man who means so much to their organization.

"Just like Black History Month, we don't need a specific day to honor the sacrifices of people, we can do it at any time," said King.

The Mayors Office told ABC 27 they're looking to line up the rescheduled parade with Florida's Emancipation Day celebrations in May.