Martin Luther King Parade 2019 Brings The Community Together In Tampa

Martin Luther King Parade 2019 Brings The Community Together In Tampa

Martin Luther King parade brings the community together in Tampa

Several thousand people gathered today north of Ybor city to celebrate Martin Luther King day parade. The weather was sunny and cool, the music had a good groove, and the energy was high!

The Buffalo Soldiers organization was in the house with their float and a large group of representatives.

The Buffalo Soldiers organization was in the house with their float and a large group of representatives.

Families line the parade route sitting together, cheering on the parade, and of course waiting for beads!

Families line the parade route sitting together, cheering on the parade, and of course waiting for beads!

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's office colorguard leads things off down the parade route

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's office colorguard leads things off down the parade route

The Sheriff's office motorcycle unit performs tricky maneuvers

The Sheriff's office motorcycle unit performs tricky maneuvers

Most of the Tampa mayoral candidates were present, including City Councilman Harry Cohen.

Most of the Tampa mayoral candidates were present, including City Councilman Harry Cohen.

Ed Turanchik works the crowd of potential and future voters as a candidate for mayor

Ed Turanchik works the crowd of potential and future voters as a candidate for mayor

Speaking of Tampa mayors, Bob Buckhorn has had eight years to get his bead throwing arm in shape.

Speaking of Tampa mayors, Bob Buckhorn has had eight years to get his bead throwing arm in shape.

The spirit of the day is captured by this large group promoting the message of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The spirit of the day is captured by this large group promoting the message of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Dare to!

Dare to!

Jewels of Distinction Chapter 561 of the International F. & A. M. Masons -A Christian Based Community Service Organization located in Tampa, FL, beads up to celebrate

Jewels of Distinction Chapter 561 of the International F. & A. M. Masons -A Christian Based Community Service Organization located in Tampa, FL, beads up to celebrate

Yes, even crash test dummies can party

Yes, even crash test dummies can party

Several dance companies including I2D (Inspire 2 Dance) strutted in the parade

Several dance companies including I2D (Inspire 2 Dance) strutted in the parade

Crowds of people lined the street waiting for a chance to hear music or get beads. These folks were celebrating in front of Ybor grocery neighborhood market

Crowds of people lined the street waiting for a chance to hear music or get beads. These folks were celebrating in front of Ybor grocery neighborhood market

Blake High School brings a large contingent in their marching band

Blake High School brings a large contingent in their marching band

Members of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity step during the 2019 Martin Luther King Parade in Tampa. Members from several chapters are present

Members of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity step during the 2019 Martin Luther King Parade in Tampa. Members from several chapters are present

Parade Grand Marshall Carolyn Hose Stewart tosses beads while being cheered on

Parade Grand Marshall Carolyn Hose Stewart tosses beads while being cheered on

Parade Grand Marshall Dr Paulette Walker in her red sunglasses and red attire rides in a red convertible!

Parade Grand Marshall Dr Paulette Walker in her red sunglasses and red attire rides in a red convertible!

A member of The Band Marching Unit from Baltimore Maryland shows her moves.

A member of The Band Marching Unit from Baltimore Maryland shows her moves.

Reginald Roundtree, WTSP news anchor, smiling big at the Tampa MLK parade

Reginald Roundtree, WTSP news anchor, smiling big at the Tampa MLK parade

There was a strong police presence in some areas, but according to some news reports, less than last year.

There was a strong police presence in some areas, but according to some news reports, less than last year.