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 12th - 15th, 2018
Where: Oveta McKeithen Recreational Complex, 445 SW 2nd Street                                                         
Fee: Free to attend

Event Details

Please continue to check back for updates on the 2018 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration.

​Parade Information

Join us Monday, January 15th at 10:00 AM for the Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration Parade! 

Please click HERE for the 2018 Parade Entry Form.

Church Choir Competition Information

On Sunday, January 14th from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM the 2nd Annual Choir Competition will be held. Each entered choir will have 15 minutes to perform their best songs. At the end, the judges will decide who gets to go home with the traveling trophy along with $500! (Limited to 10 entries, first come, first serve basis. Choir groups must be affiliated with a church.) The winning choir must be available to sing “Life Every Voice and Sing” at the ceremony on Monday, January 15th at 12:00 PM. 

Please continue to check back for the 2018 Choir Competition Entry Form.

Carnival Information

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

Carnival Hours: 

Friday, January 12th:  5:00 PM - 10:00 PM 
Saturday, January 13th: 12:00 PM - 10:00 PM                                                                                                                
Sunday, January 14th: 12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Monday, January 15th: 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM                            
*Hours subject to change

Entertainment Schedule

Friday, January 12th

6:30 PM – 8:00 PM TBA

Saturday, January 13th

6:30 PM – 8:00 PM TBA

Sunday, January 14th

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Best Church Choir Competition

Monday, January 15th

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

Grand Marshal & Keynote Speaker


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.

2017 Parade Winners

Radiant Living Worship Center– Best Overall Float
Ft. Lauderdale School Marching Band - Best Band
Deerfield Park Elementary School Performing & Visual Arts - Best Youth Group
Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church – Best Church Entry
Deerfield Beach Middle School Jr. Buck Cheerleaders - Best School Entry

2017 Choir Competition Winner

Love Fellowship Worship Center Praise Team

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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