As we enter the final stretches of preparations for the Third Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Parade, the CARE team asks you to take note (and share with friends) a few participation and safety guidelines for this joyful, family-friendly event:
- Please come a bit early, prepared to walk to the parade starting point. As CARE requested, the city is blocking vehicular access to Randolph Street in front of the church and the municipal parking lot at the corner of Randolph and Preston Streets. Parking in the H&J Tire lot is also not permitted; law enforcement needs access to this area.
- We are working with RATS to offer assistance to those who want to participate in the parade but have mobility issues. Please send us a message with Facebook messenger or at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like assistance for yourself or a friend.
- We encourage signs and banners that uphold Dr. King’s message love, justice, equality, and inclusion for all. All signs or banners must be made of crushable materials such as poster board, cardboard, or foam board. Please do not bring wooden or metal poles or signs as they are expressly forbidden in our city parade permit.
- All signs and banners should use language acceptable to use with small children, and no symbols of the Confederacy, white supremacy, neo-Nazi, or other fascist or racist movements or groups are permitted.
- In order to ease the anxieties of all participants, please do us a favor and leave backpacks at home or in your car.
- As always, CARE policy restricts the carrying of all weapons of any type, and the city permit further restricts masks, shields, or helmets not associated with a motorcycle or bicycle, chemical irritants such as aerosol sprays, and any items that might be used as projectiles, such as rocks or glass bottles.
The Parade steps off Monday, January 21, at 10:00 a.m. from directly in front of Lexington’s Randolph Street United Methodist Church. We’ll walk a .75-mile loop in the heart of town and return to the public parking area near the church where we’ll have free cocoa to warm up all participants. After cocoa, you can grab an even warmer free soup lunch inside the nearby Lexington Presbyterian Church’s Dunlap Auditorium. (These events are not religious services and are open to people of all creeds.) We’re looking forward to celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. King together!