IMPORTANT PARADE ROUTE INFORMATION
The parade route is approximately 1.2 miles – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
The parade begins promptly at 1:00 p.m. at the intersection of Wheeler Street and Dr. MLK Jr. Blvd in historic downtown Plant City and proceeds east straight down Dr. MLK Jr. Blvd.
The parade route ends at the Plant City MLK Recreation Center next to Marshall Middle School.
PLACES TO HANG OUT!!!
Plant City Photo Archives, along MLK Blvd, HISTORC DOWNTOWN PLANT CITY at Collins Street near Train Viewing Platform and of course bleacher seating across from Marshall Middle Schoolea after the parade.
PLACES TO HANG OUT BEFORE THE PARADE!!!
Fred's Marketplace Restaurant- Get some hearty breakfast before the parade starts
TOP SHELF BAR & GRILL- opens at 1130am. Grab a quick bite or quench your thirst while waiting to stroll around the corner to MLK Blvd near train platform to check out the pardae.
IN FRONT OF TECO ADMINISRATION BUILDING- Parade Organizers will be at the corner of Wheeler Street and MLK Jr. Blvd to direct parade participants on line-up placement as well as strolling along the MLK Blvd.
MIDTOWN AREA has plenty of parking spaces within a 300 yard distance of parade starting point.
IMPORTANT NOTE- This year the parade participants will be lining up along BOTH sides of MLK Blvd between Wheeler back to Waller (former sporting goods store). This shortens the length of parade participants lining along MLK Blvd.
ATTENTION ALL SCHOOL BANDS!!!
Assembly area is the parking lot of the old Verizon Building. Parade organizers will place bands appropriately in between units.
Be mindful that last minute withdrawals or changes in spacing may occur to ensure proper distancing of marching bands so that they won't over lay each other's sounds.
Candy and beads can be distributed and must be purchased. We do not provide candy.
The grass parking areas at the corner of Park Road and MLK Jr. Blvd (baseball fields) are designated pick up areas at the conclusion of the parade. Entry going south on Park Road and making a “right” turn on MLK Jr. Blvd is recommend. (Coming from Hwy 92)
END OF PARADE; DRUM LINE COMPETITION IMMEDIATELY AFTERWARDS
There will be a Drum Line (Percussion) competition immediately the parade. The competition is sponsored by SUNCOAST CREDIT UNION.
Food and vendors at the Plant City MLK Recreation Center along with entertainment.
Yes you can distribute and toss out candy and beads!!!!!!
We are proud to announce all six area middle school and high school bands have signed up and committed to performing in the 2016 parade. Marshall, Tomlin, Turkey Creek, Plant City High, Durant High, and Strawberry Crest.
The Bing Rooming House Museum is committed to preserving the history of the local African American community, educating the general public about the experiences encountered by African Americans during the era of segregation, and sharing the role of the Plant City community in overcoming the stigma of segregation.