Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade organizers hope to spark activism in Fort Worth

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The Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade returns on Monday. The parade will begin at 11 a.m. on Main Street and will end in the Sundance Square Plaza.
The route for this years Martin Luther King jr. day parade will the same the same as the last two years.
The route for this years Martin Luther King jr. day parade will the same the same as the last two years.

The Greater Fort Worth Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Committee hosts the parade in commemoration of King’s birthday.
Tyron Lane, vice chairman of the Greater Fort Worth Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday committee said the parade will follow the same route as the last two years. It will start on the east side of the Convention Center.
“Our goal is to commemorate the life and legacy but to ignite the idea of what can we do as a society to continue to move forward, in not only race relations, but in civil rights relations,” said Lane.
Lane said in past years the amount of participants in the parade has contributed to its growth, now lasting almost two hours.
He said there are upwards of 150 different groups, organizations, and individuals participating from different communities and ethnic groups. People, groups or organizations that wish to participate who have not yet signed up will need to arrive between 9 -10:30 a.m. Monday to register.
Lane added that he hopes people see the holiday as more than a day off of work, but a day for people to focus on the people around them.
“We need to understand that the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday should not just be looked at as a day off, or a day away from work, or a day off of school,” Lane said. “It should be a day that we use that time off to be active in our community to be seen in our community to do some kind of work in our communities to keep activism alive and well.”