City of Tampa
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Dr. Martin Luther King Parade Foundation, Inc.
Caspers McDonald’s Company
First Baptist Church of College Hill
TPepin Hospitality Center
Wilson Funeral Home
Strategic Property Partners
Rebein Brothers Law Firm
Moffitt Cancer Center
Cusseaux & Associates, Inc.
Molina Healthcare Company
Columbia Restaurant Group
WTMP Radio 1150
Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival
Tampa Bay Lightning
LazyDay RV Authority
Tampa Bay Rays


The City of Tampa’s Martin Luther King Day Parade is an exciting component of a week of activity, celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. King, and displaying the beautiful diversity and community spirit of 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 29th Annual City of Tampa Martin Luther King Day Parade will be held on Monday, January 15, 2018.

The MLK Day parade is family friendly, entertaining, and fun. 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. The application deadline is December 1, 2017. Floats, bands, cars, trucks, motorcycle, equestrian and walking units are all welcome. Staging begins at Cuscaden Park, 2900 N 15th St in Tampa.

We also invite you to become a sponsor supporting the parade, and the educational and service initiatives of the Parade Foundation. Volunteer for one of the many activities necessary to put on this huge event annually. And this parade season, join us at our MLK Parade Gala on January 11, 2018, as we celebrate our community heroes and officially kick off the parade. 

On behalf of the Dr. Martin Luther King Parade Foundation, we look forward to your participation. For questions concerning parade applications or any other parade related information, use our contact page to reach us.

The Dr. Martin Luther King Parade Foundation, Inc. is a registered 501c3 non-profit corporation.