Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade Honorary Grand Marshal | Call for Nominations
deadline Tuesday, October 6
via Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts
The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) announces a citywide search for an Honorary Grand Marshal to participate in the 21stannual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade. The parade is currently scheduled for Monday, January 18, 2021, contingent upon gathering restrictions. To highlight the impactful and sometimes unmentioned leaders of Baltimore City, BOPA will host an individual that reflects Dr. King’s legacy in their work, life and community. Through the Honorary Grand Marshal, the parade celebrates Dr. King while also honoring the voices of leaders today. Individuals will be nominated by the public and chosen by a committee voting processes. Nominations are currently being accepted here and will close on Tuesday, October 6, 2020.
All Baltimore City residents are eligible for nomination, but the Honorary Grand Marshal should be an individual who has made a significant contribution to an individual, an organization or a Baltimore City community through their activism, the arts, community work or other influence. The Top Five eligible individuals with the most nominations will move forward to the final vote by a committee chosen by BOPA. The Honorary Grand Marshal will be announced in October.
– Must live in Baltimore City
– Reflects Dr. King’s legacy in their work, life, and community
– Has made a significant contribution to an individual, an organization or a Baltimore City community through their activism, the arts, community work, or other influence
– This person may not be self-nominated, but by the community in which their work influences
The annual parade celebrates the life of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with community-based civic organizations, high stepping bands, colorful cheer and dance squads, military units, equestrian groups and decorative floats. The parade steps off at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Eutaw Street, proceeds south on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and disbands at Baltimore Street. Applications for participation in the parade will open on Tuesday, October 13, 2020.
The procession commemorates the remarkable leader’s advocacy for racial equality, economic justice and international peace. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day promotes collaboration throughout Baltimore City bringing together residents, visitors, elected representatives and organizations for a parade steep in tradition. The 21st annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade is produced by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts and supported by Radio One and the City of Baltimore. Individuals or organizations interested in sponsoring the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade, please call 410-752-8632 or visitwww.promotionandarts.org.
The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, which serves as Baltimore City’s arts council, events center and film office. By providing funding and support to artists, arts programs and organizations across the city, and by producing large-scale events such as Artscape, Baltimore Book Festival and Light City, BOPA’s goal is to make Baltimore a more vibrant and creative city.
For more information on the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade and the Honorary Grand Marshal Search, call 410-752-8632 or visit www.promotionandarts.org.