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City of Tallahassee postpones ‘reverse-style’ MLK Day parade to Feb. 6 amid Capitol threats

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Posted at 1:58 PM, Dec 16, 2020
and last updated 2021-01-15 14:54:46-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) —
Jan. 15 Update: Following threats at the Florida Capitol during the week of Inauguration, the City of Tallahassee has postponed the parade until Feb 6.

The city released the following statement:

With the safety of the community in mind, the MLK Day parade previously planned for Monday, Jan. 18, in downtown Tallahassee will now take place on Saturday, Feb. 6. This action is being taken out of an abundance of caution related to possible protests at the Florida Capitol. Safety remains the City of Tallahassee’s top priority.
City of Tallahassee

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COVID-19 has had many impacts on the way people view large crowds and gatherings and with parades being few and far between because of it, the City of Tallahassee has decided to go a more unconventional route for their inaugural MLK Day parade in 2021.

To contain potential spread of COVID-19, the city will host a “reverse-style” drive-thru parade instead of a traditional parade.

On Jan. 18, 2021, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. floats and exhibits will be stationary along N. Monroe St. from Tennessee St. to Pensacola St, and the idea is that people will be able to drive past the parade to take in the sights, according to the city.

Organizations interested in participating as an exhibitor during the parade can apply by clicking here.

The deadline to submit an application is 5 p.m. on Dec. 24. Space is limited.