Arlington MLK parade denied permit over funding failure

Lester Mason
January 13, 2018

Earlier this week, local activists and organizations criticized the event for enlisting Gov. Greg Abbott as honorary grand marshal.

On Monday, Volunteer Arlington is organizing a community-wide day of service at the Arlington Career Center (816 S. Walter Reed Drive).

"Our special events ordinance stipulates all those requirements so that the taxpayers aren't the ones providing the event, so that it's the special event themselves that are covering those costs", Yelverton said. "We are moving forward with the cancellation of the parade". "They did not meet the criteria in order to receive their permit".

Warren said parade organizers did provide some of the required $34,000 to the city earlier this week, but the payment wasn't sufficient for an estimated 50,000 people to attend the parade.

The organizers of the parade failed to follow the steps necessary to get an event permit for the parade, the city of Arlington said Thursday night.

Abbott's office didn't respond to requests for a comment Friday.

I am a Christian, I've committed my life to ensuring justice, I come in peace. "We can not have a governor with the practices and beliefs of Abbott representing Martin Luther King. I serve as Governor for all Texans".

Last week, the Arlington NAACP announced its opposition to the parade, citing Abbott's record on things such as voting rights, education funding and immigration as evidence that he shouldn't be part of a celebration of King's legacy. Celebration Committee, will take place as scheduled from Friday to Monday.


The parade was presented as an opportunity for residents across North Texas to celebrate the MLK holiday together - particularly those whose hometowns don't have their own events.

Arlington will hold its annual tribute to Dr. King, titled "Martin Luther King, Jr: The Man and the Mission", on Sunday at Wakefield High School from 5-6:30 p.m. "Advancing the Dream" Celebration. Activities planned for the weekend can be found at.

A separate, unrelated Fort Worth parade is still scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. downtown. Day parade is now likely past the point of saving.

Warren said there still will be a celebration of King in Arlington that has always been a tradition. "It motivates us and inspires us to continue to work for racial equality for all citizens".

Event sponsors included Toyota, the Dallas Cowboys and the Texas Rangers, according to the parade website.

When the parade ends, there will be a rally at Sundance Square Plaza.

"We will not tolerate this, and we call for an effective boycott of the North Texas Martin Luther King Parade", Alexander said, calling the decision an "insult to the black community".

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