Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

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Join the City of Deerfield Beach along with city leaders, civic organizations and churches, as we pay homage to this great Civil Rights leader. This two day event that features a praise & worship competition, games and day of service kick off with an exciting parade presented by Toyota of Deerfield Beach, plus a family-friendly picnic celebrating the birth of Martin Luther King, Jr. 

When: Sunday, January 19th , 2020 from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Monday, January 20th, 2020 from 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Where: Oveta McKeithen Recreational Complex, 445 SW 2nd Street                                                         
Fee: Free to attend

2020 Keynote Speaker - Senator Perry E. Thurston Jr. 

Senator Perry Eugene Thurston Jr. is the sitting Florida Senator for the 33rd district. Thurston is a Pompano Beach native and a University of Miami School of Law alumni.

Praise & Worship Competition Information

On Sunday, January 19th from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM the Annual Praise & Worship Competition will be held. Each choir will have 15 minutes to perform their best songs. In the end, the judges will decide who gets to go home with the traveling trophy along with $1,000! (Limited to 8 entries, first come, first serve basis.) The winning choir must be available to sing “Lift Every Voice and Sing” at the ceremony on Monday, January 20th at 2:30 PM. 

Please click HERE to apply to participate in the 2020 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Praise & Worship Competition.

MLK Parade Presented by Toyota of Deerfield Beach

Theme - “UNITY"

Thank you for your interest in the 2020 Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade which will be held on Monday, January 20th from 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM. This year the parade will start will be at St. Ambrose Church (380 Federal Hwy); we ask that you check in at 8:30 AM. The parade will begin at 10:00 AM and will go north on US-1 for 0.4 miles and turn left onto E Hillsboro Blvd for 1.1 miles, the parade will then turn left onto SW 3rd Ave/SW Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave for 0.2 miles and conclude at Oveta Mckeithen Recreational Complex (445 SW 2nd St).

Following the MLK parade there will be a battle of the bands and then an awards ceremony at OMRC. Trophies will be given to the winner in each of the below listed categories. Be sure when filling out the application you list the category for which you wish to be considered. Judges will be located on the stage in front of Food Bazaar (202 W Hillsboro Blvd). Please note, it is important for you to provide the names of those that you would like acknowledged by the emcee together with any other information about your entry should you be chosen as a winner.

The City will pay each band up to $700 for their transportation or they will coordinate the transportation for the band.

Parade Winners

2. BEST MARCHING BAND                                   


If you would like to apply to participate in the MLK parade presented by Toyota of Deerfield Beach, please fill out the parade application HERE

Exhibitor Information

Exhibitor vendor applications are now available HERE, spots are limited.

Food vendor applications are now available HERE, spots are limited.

2020 Grand Marshal - JPP 


Jason Pierre-Paul, nicknamed "JPP", an American football outside linebacker for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League (NFL). The Deerfield Beach High School graduate played college football at the University of South Florida and was drafted by the New York Giants in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft. With the Giants, Pierre-Paul made two Pro Bowls and won Super Bowl XLVI.

Event Schedule

Sunday, January 19th

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM: Praise and Worship Competition at the Leo Robb Gym (445 SW 2nd St) 

Monday, January 20th

10:00 AM - 12:30 PM: MLK Weekend Celebration Parade 
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM: Battle of the Bands 
1:45 PM: Awards Ceremony
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM: Speaker Perry E. Thurston Jr.
2:45 PM - 3:45 PM: Route 5
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM: Young Starz
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM: Lyfe Jennings

Lyfe Jennings

Lyfe Jennings who was born Chester Jennings in Toledo, Ohio began singing at a young age in a Toledo church choir. He later joined a group called The Dotsons with two of his cousins and his older brother, Jay. In 2002 Lyfe Jennings started to pursue a solo career in music. In January 2003, he performed in Harlem at the Showtime at The Apollo. To further pursue his career, Jennings moved to New York City where he performed at rapper Nelly’s concert at Radio City Music Hall, at an NAACP convention where he performed an original song called “Thank God for the NAACP”, and at the Cafeteria in Chelsea, Manhattan during the blackout on August 14. He signed with Columbia Records and released his debut album Lyfe 268-192 in August 2004.

Complimentary Shuttle Service

Shuttle service will be provided for walkers in the MLK parade from Oveta McKeithen Recreational Complex (445 SW 2nd St.) to St. Ambrose Church (380 Federal Hwy) starting at 8:00 AM. The last shuttle for participants will be at 8:30 AM. If MLK parade presented by participants arrive after 8:30 AM they will need to drive to Pioneer Park as there will no longer be transportation provided before the MLK parade start.

Shuttle service will be provided back to  St. Ambrose Church (380 Federal Hwy) from the Oveta McKeithen Recreational Complex (445 SW 2nd St.) following the conclusion of the MLK parade until 7:00 PM, or when the picnic concludes.

Parking at Oveta McKeithen Recreational Complex is limited. Parking will also be available at Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church (1060 SW 3rd Ave) where a shuttle will be take guests to Oveta Mckeithen Recreational Complex from 12:30 PM til the end of the event.  

Parade Presented by Toyota of Deerfield Beach 

2020 MLK March Route

2019 Choir Competition Winner

Cathedral Church of God

Thank you to all those that participated in our parade & congratulations to the winners!

Sponsorship Opportunities Available!

For more information please contact the Community Events and Outreach Division at (954) 480-4429.

We would like to thank the following sponsors:

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