Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration


Join the City of Deerfield Beach along with city leaders, civic organizations and churches, as we pay homage to this great Civil Rights leader. This three day long event features a choir competition, games and day of service kicks off with an exciting parade plus a family-friendly picnic celebrating the birth of Martin Luther King, Jr. 

When: Saturday- Monday, January 19th - 21st, 2019
Where: Oveta McKeithen Recreational Complex, 445 SW 2nd Street                                                         
Fee: Free to attend

​Parade Information

Join us Saturday, January 19th at 10:00 AM for the Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration Parade! 
Please click HERE to register for the 2019 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Parade.

Church Choir Competition Information

On Sunday, January 20th from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM the 3rd Annual Choir Competition will be held. Each entered choir will have 15 minutes to perform their best songs. At the end, the judges will decide who gets to go home with the traveling trophy along with $500! (Limited to 10 entries, first come, first serve basis. Choir groups must be affiliated with a church.) The winning choir must be available to sing “Life Every Voice and Sing” at the ceremony on Monday, January 21st at 12:00 PM. 

Please continue to check back for updates on the 2019 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Choir Competition.

Event Schedule

Saturday, January 19th

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM MLK Parade from Pioneer Park, 217 NE 5th Ave to OMRC Football Field, 445 SW 2nd St  
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM  MLK Family Fun Picnic 
Drumline Competition (Battle of the Lines)

Sunday, January 20th

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Best Church Choir Competition in the OMRC Gym, 445 SW 2nd St

Monday, January 21st

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM MLK Jr. Ceremony at the Oveta McKeithen Recreational Complex in the Leo Robb Gym
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM March from OMRC to Pastor Willie James Ford, Sr. Linear Park
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Service Project  

Service Project Volunteer 

The City is looking for Volunteers to assist with the beautification project at Pastor Willie James Ford, Sr. Linear Park, 500 SW 10th Street. Those looking to be a volunteer please click HERE.

Grand Marshal & Keynote Speaker


Complimentary Shuttle Service

TBA as information becomes available.

Parade Route

The Parade Route, detours and road closures will be announced as soon as the information becomes available.

2018 Parade Winners 

Fuller Brothers Funeral Home - Best Civic Group
Church of the Living God - Best Overall Float

Fort Lauderdale High School Marching Band - Best Band
Fort Lauderdale Glam Dolls - Best Youth Group
Cathedral Church of God - Best Church Entry
Deerfield Park Elementary - Best School Entry

2018 Choir Competition Winner

Cathedral Church of God

Thank you to all those that participated in our parade & congratulations to the winners!

Sponsorship Opportunities Available!

For more information please contact the Community Events and Outreach Division at (954) 480-4429.

We would like to thank the following sponsors: