The City of Tampa’s Martin Luther King Day Parade is an integral and exciting component in a week of activity celebrating the life and legacy of Dr King, and the beautiful diversity and community spirit throughout the Tampa Bay Area. Thousands line the streets of a two mile route winding through East Tampa beginning at Cuscaden Park, and ending at Middleton High School. This parade gets bigger and better every year and attracts bands from as far away as Kingston, Jamaica. The 27th Annual City of Tampa Martin Luther King Day Parade will be held on Monday, January 18, 2016.


The MLK day parade is family friendly, entertaining, and fun. It’s an opportunity for Tampa area residents to come out share a positive experience together. It’s also an opportunity for the businesses, social and community groups that make this city strong to come out and be recognized, while supporting a common cause. Come out early and grab a good spot!  


If you are interested in being a parade entrant, the Dr Martin Luther King Parade Foundation, cordially invites you to fill out an application and secure your place in line. Floats, bands, cars, trucks, and walking units are all welcome. Staging begins at Cuscaden Park, and the parade route moves up 15th Street, continues east along Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, then north onto 22nd Street, ending at Osborne Ave, winding through the heart of the East Tampa community.


Participating in the event is not only great fun but it also provides you with an excellent way to promote your organization or business at minimal cost. Entries are limited, so please note the application deadline date and submit your application with required attachments, as early as possible.


Parade Entry Deadline; Saturday, November 21, 2015


Important Dates:


Applications submitted on or before November 21, 2015 – entry fee and insurance documents


Applications submitted between November 21st and November 30th – add $50 late processing fee


December 1, 2015… parade entry CLOSED



On behalf of the Dr Martin Luther King Parade Foundation, we look forward to receiving your parade application and thank you for your interest and participation in the 2016 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade - Tampa, Florida. For questions concerning parade applications or parade information, use our contact page to reach us.


Click here for a Parade Application


Upcoming Events

  1. Neighborhood Meeting

    January 5, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  2. Parade Participants Meeting

    January 7, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm