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Tulsa’s Martin Luther King Jr. Parade adjusts to pandemic to put on event

KOKI Tulsa logo KOKI Tulsa 1/18/2021 Ben Morgan

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. parade in Tulsa is taking place Monday, and according to organizers, it will look very different this year.

In a normal year, the parade is usually one of the biggest events for the city. The ongoing pandemic means the event will be a much smaller affair, and unfortunately, the public won’t be allowed to attend in-person.

Just about 70 parade floats will be in the event this year, compared to the usual amount of hundreds.

a group of people sitting on a bench: Jan. 18, 2021 - Organizers put on a socially distanced version of the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade in Tulsa.

Jan. 18, 2021 - Organizers put on a socially distanced version of the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade in Tulsa.
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Despite the lack of crowds, the city is still shutting down streets around the parade route from Detroit to Elgin.

Organizers hope the parade still shares the message of love, harmony and unity even if spectators are watching from their phones.

This year marks the 42nd Anniversary of the parade, with the theme “Standing Strong: For Justice, Truth and Freedom.

The parade starts at 11 a.m. and will be live-streamed here and on the free FOX23 News app. DOWNLOAD here.

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