Downtown Orlando MLK parade canceled due to COVID concerns

ORLANDO, Fla. — The 2022 Downtown Orlando Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade hosted by the Southwest Orlando Junior Chamber has been canceled due to COVID-19 concerns.


The 38th annual parade was scheduled to take place Saturday morning starting at the Downtown Orlando Courthouse and continuing to Lake Eola Park.

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Instead, they’re organizing a parade showcase event to be held at the outside venue at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts formerly known as the “Front Yard.”

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Posted by Southwest Orlando Junior Chamber on Wednesday, January 12, 2022

The reimagined event is free to the public and will be hosted by local comedian Rod Z.

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It will include food trucks, dancers, comedy, and community organizations that would have been featured in the parade.

The parade showcase is scheduled for Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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It’s free to attend but participants are asked to register.

For more information, or to RSVP, click here.

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