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.
Recommended viewing areas are Evers Street, Collins and Palmer at the beginning of the parade route allowing quick exit to parallel streets to get to end of parade route area after the parade. There is seating at the Plant City MLK Recreation Center next to the announcement table at the fence area border Marshall Gym.
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.
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.
BANDS!!! 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
There will be a carnival midway with rides, food and vendors at the Plant City MLK Recreation Center along with entertainment.
Yes you can distribute and toss out candy and beads!!!!!!
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.