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The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) announces a citywide search for an Honorary Grand Marshal to participate in the 21st annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade on Monday, January 18, 2021. The parade is currently scheduled for Monday, January 18, 2021, contingent upon gathering restrictions. In an effort to highlight the impactful and sometimes unmentioned leaders of Baltimore City, BOPA will host an individual that reflects Dr. King’s legacy in their work, life, and community. Through the Honorary Grand Marshal, the parade celebrates Dr. King while also honoring the voices of leaders today. Individuals will be nominated by the public and chosen by a committee voting process. Nominations are currently being accepted and will close on Friday, November 6, 2020.
All Maryland residents are eligible for nomination, but the Honorary Grand Marshal should be an individual who has made a significant contribution to a Baltimore City individual, organization or community through their activism, the arts, community work or other influence.
The annual parade celebrates the life of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with community-based civic organizations, high stepping bands, colorful cheer and dance squads, military units, equestrian groups and decorative floats. The parade steps off at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Eutaw Street, proceeds south on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and disbands at Baltimore Street. Applications for participation in the parade will open on Tuesday, October 13, 2020.
The procession commemorates the remarkable leader’s advocacy for racial equality, economic justice and international peace. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day promotes collaboration throughout Baltimore City bringing together residents, visitors, elected representatives and organizations for a parade steep in tradition. The 21st annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade is produced by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts and supported by Radio One and the City of Baltimore. Individuals or organizations are interested in sponsoring the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade, please call 410-752-8632 or visit www.promotionandarts.org