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The Martin Luther King Parade Foundation, Inc. was formed for the expressed purposes of expanding, improving and strengthening efforts to make the City of Tampa’s Martin Luther King Day Parade an event the city could be proud of year after year. More than just promoting an event, the Parade Foundation strives to continue the vision and legacy of Dr. King by helping raise awareness in areas of social justice, economic disparity, diversity inclusion, and racial tolerance, as well as, be counted as a strong supporter of education through engaging students and providing scholarship funding. Our partnerships with the City of Tampa, Hillsborough County, local businesses, and community organizations not only help us grow and improve the parade, but expand its reach to improve the community it serves.

This upcoming year, the Parade Foundation will launch the “MLK Year of Service and Celebration” historically themed, “Live the Dream Legacy” with its Inaugural Fundraising Gala on Thursday, January 5, 2017 at TPepin Hospitality Centre 4121 N. 50th Street Tampa, FL 33610. The parade will take place on Monday, January 16, 2017 on its present route through East Tampa. The fundraiser will support two key initiatives for 2017:

  • Award 28 scholarships to deserving high school students in commemoration of the parade’s 28th year of operation
  • Initiate the MLK Hillsborough County Year of Service Program to be implemented throughout the county and local schools by supporting a year-round activity in honor of the life and legacy of Dr. King

As we continue to move Dr. King’s dream forward, it is imperative that we raise the necessary funding to implement successful initiatives. Your partnership, financial contribution, and support will serve as a vital component in making the “MLK Year of Service and Celebration” all it is intended to be. Please join our Inaugural Gala Honorary Chairperson, Representative Ed Narain, and our MLK Inaugural Gala Team in working to bring this year of service to fruition. For sponsorship, parade, or more information, please contact

For sponsorship, parade, or more information, please contact us at email or Mr. Robert Scott, Jr., President at 813-327-8316.