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Hello friends, 

Final plans and preparations for the three-day celebration of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., continue, and I am excited to announce some great local names added to the weekend lineup.
 
I want to encourage you to bring the family out to kick off the weekend with our annual Martin Luther King, Jr. parade sponsored by Arrigo Margate Dealership on Saturday, January 19th at 10:00 AM featuring Broward County Court Judge Phoebee Francois who will serve as Grand Marshal. Francois is a 50-year-old Haitian-American woman, who was appointed to the bench in June 2018. Francois has worked at the Broward County courthouse for nine years. She became a general magistrate in 2009 when then-Chief Circuit Judge Victor Tobin appointed her to take testimony and recommend decisions. She went on to replace retired County Magistrate Deborah McClosky. Francois has also served as chairperson and supervisor of other magistrates and hearing officers. By the time she was appointed to the Broward Bench, she had presided over more than 36,000 family law cases.
 
Friends, this year we have more bands in the lineup than ever before! This year's "Battle of the Bands" will highlight Deerfield Beach High School, Dillard High School, Blanche Ely High School, and Monarch High School, just to name a few. The competition won't stop there! Some of these notable bands have also joined our "Battle of the Lines" drumline competition that will take place at the Family Fun Day Picnic that starts at 12:00 PM at the Wardell Chance Memorial Football Field, located at Oveta McKeithen Recreational Complex (445 SW 2 Street). Make sure to bring out the family to enjoy fun games, inflatables slides, free snow cones, cotton candy, popcorn, and great live entertainment.
 
We are also excited to announce that Deerfield Beach native, Reverend Demetric Ford of Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church will be the keynote speaker at this year's Martin Luther King, Jr. ceremony that will take place on Monday, January 21, 2019 beginning at 9:00 AM inside the Leo J. Robb Gymnasium at Oveta McKeithen Recreational Complex.  Pastor Ford has strong roots here in South Florida as he received his Bachelor of Business Administration, International Finance and Marketing from the University of Miami and an MBA from Nova Southeastern University. Pastor Ford received his Master of Divinity in 2012. The late Reverend Willie James Ford, Sr., humbly passed the mantle of leadership of the Bethlehem Church Congregation to his beloved son on Sunday, January 25, 2015, and he has since faithfully served the church and the Deerfield Beach community. Come on out and receive a great word of inspiration and hope from Rev. Ford.  The sermon will be followed by a community beautification project at the Reverend Willie James Ford, Sr. Linear Park.
 
Please note; the parade will follow the route listed below beginning at 10:00 AM and ending at approximately 12:00 PM resulting in road closures:
  • The parade starts at Pioneer Park (222 NE 2nd Avenue) and will travel west on Hillsboro Blvd.  It will turn south on Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave and west on SW 2nd street, ending at the Oveta McKeithen Recreational Complex (445 SW 2nd Street).
 For additional information or if you would like to participate in the parade, please visit  www.dfb.city/mlk  or call the Community Events and Outreach Division at 954-480-4429.

I look forward to seeing you. Have a great weekend!

Todd Drosky
Commissioner


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