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 four day long event features a weekend carnival, games and live entertainment, before drawing to a close on Monday with a two mile long parade and awards ceremony.

When: Friday - Monday, January 13th - 16th
Where: Oveta McKeithen Recreational Complex, 445 SW 2nd Street
Time: 12:00pm - 9:00pm
Fee: Free to attend

Event Details

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Parade Information
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Entertainment Schedule


Friday, January 13th


5:00 PM – 10:00 PM Carnival
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM TBA

Saturday, January 14th


12:00 PM – 10:00 PM Carnival
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM TBA


Sunday, January 15th


12:00 PM – 10:00 PM Carnival
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM TBA

Monday, January 16th


10:00 AM Parade
12:00 PM MLK Jr. Ceremony at the Oveta McKeithen Recreational Complex in the Leo Robb Gymnasium
1:00 PM – 6:00 PM Carnival

Carnival Tickets


$1/ticket or $25 all rides wristband/day
Tickets available for purchase on site at box office during carnival hours.

Complimentary Shuttle Service


Parking will be available at the Oveta McKeithen Recreational Complex (formerly known as Westside Park-445 SW 2nd Street) for the carnival. Shuttle service will be provided for walkers in the parade from the Oveta McKeithen Recreational Complex (445 SW 2nd St.) to the Cove Shopping Center (1580 SE 3rd Ct.) starting at 8:00 AM. The last shuttle for participants will be at 8:30 AM. If you arrive after 8:30 AM you will need to drive to the Cove Shopping Center as there will no longer be transportation provided prior to the parade start. Shuttle service will be provided back to the Cove Shopping Center (1580 SE 3rd Ct.) from the Oveta McKeithen Recreational Complex (445 SW 2nd St.) following the conclusion of the parade until 2:00 PM, or when the ceremony concludes.

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



2016 Parade Winners


Radiant Living Worship Center – Best Theme Float Radiant Living Worship Center– Best Overall Float Deerfield Beach High School Marching Band - Best Band
Deerfield Park Elementary School Drumline - Best Youth Marching Group
Faith & Power Church, Inc. – Best Church Entry
Deerfield Park Elementary Step Team- Judge’s Choice



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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