Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

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Join the City of Deerfield Beach along with city leaders, civic organizations and churches, as we pay homage to this great Civil Rights leader. This four day long event features a weekend carnival, games and live entertainment, before drawing to a close on Monday with a two mile long parade and awards ceremony.

When: Friday - Monday, January 13th - 16th
Where: Oveta McKeithen Recreational Complex, 445 SW 2nd Street                                                         
Fee: Free to attend

Event Details

Please continue to check back for updates on the 2017 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration.

​Parade Information


Join us Monday, January 16th at 10:00 AM for the Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration Parade! 

Click here for the Parade Entry Form


Church Choir Competition Information

On Sunday, January 15th from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM the first annual Choir Competition will be held. Each entered choir will have 15 minutes to perform their best songs. At the end, the judges will decide who gets to go home with the traveling trophy along with $500! (Limited to 10 entries, first come, first serve basis. Choir groups must be affiliated with a church.) The winning choir must be available to sing “Life Every Voice and Sing” at the ceremony on Monday, January 16th at 12:00 PM. 

Click here for the Choir Competition Entry Form

Carnival Information

Tickets: $1/ticket or $25 all rides wristband/day (Tickets available for purchase on site at box office during carnival hours.)

Carnival Hours: 


Friday, January 13th:  5:00 PM - 10:00 PM 
Saturday, January 14th: 12:00 PM - 10:00 PM                                                                                                                                      
Sunday, January 15th: 12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Monday, January 16th: 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM                                                                                                                

Entertainment Schedule


Friday, January 13th


6:30 PM – 8:00 PM Randy Corinthian and the Jazz Quartet

Saturday, January 14th


6:30 PM – 8:00 PM Quinton McCleod


Sunday, January 15th


5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Best Church Choir Competition

Monday, January 16th


10:00 AM Parade 
12:00 PM MLK Jr. Ceremony at the Oveta McKeithen Recreational Complex in the Leo Robb Gymnasium

Grand Marshal & Keynote Speaker


Judge Karen Mills-Francis
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Born and raised in Miami, Judge Karen has graced the airwaves as one of TV’s most recognizable court show judges since 2008! In 2001 Judge Karen was sworn in as the Miami-Dade County Court Judge. While in this position, Judge Karen made it her mission to support “at risk” children and young adults who were getting lost in the legal system. As a television personality, Judge Karen has been seen on ABC, Good Morning America, The Dr. Drew show, Nancy Grace, Fox News and more.

Complimentary Shuttle Service


Parking will be available at the Oveta McKeithen Recreational Complex (formerly known as Westside Park-445 SW 2nd Street) for the carnival. Shuttle service will be provided for walkers in the parade from the Oveta McKeithen Recreational Complex (445 SW 2nd St.) to the Cove Shopping Center (1580 SE 3rd Ct.) starting at 8:00 AM. The last shuttle for participants will be at 8:30 AM. If you arrive after 8:30 AM you will need to drive to the Cove Shopping Center as there will no longer be transportation provided prior to the parade start. Shuttle service will be provided back to the Cove Shopping Center (1580 SE 3rd Ct.) from the Oveta McKeithen Recreational Complex (445 SW 2nd St.) following the conclusion of the parade until 2:00 PM, or when the ceremony concludes.

2016 Parade Winners


Radiant Living Worship Center – Best Theme Float Radiant Living Worship Center– Best Overall Float Deerfield Beach High School Marching Band - Best Band
Deerfield Park Elementary School Drumline - Best Youth Marching Group
Faith & Power Church, Inc. – Best Church Entry
Deerfield Park Elementary Step Team- Judge’s Choice

Thank you to all those that participated in our parade & congratulations to the winners!

Sponsorship Opportunities Available!


For more information please contact the Community Events and Outreach Division at (954) 480-4429.

We would like to thank the following sponsors:


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