Texas MLK parade canceled after protest threat hurts funding

The city of Arlington has denied a permit for a planned Martin Luther King Jr. parade that drew controversy when Gov. Greg Abbott was given a featured role as honorary grand marshal.

Alisa Simmons, president of the Arlington NAACP, said she believes city officials about the event's financial obstacles, though she credits her group for getting the parade kicked out of the city.

"As accommodating as we've been throughout the process, we've just not been able to get the organizers to meet the [city's] requirements to host this special event", Arlington City Manager Trey Yelverton told the Arlington NAACP last night. Since the permit was denied, concerns have died down, but Warren said the city would need to plan for that contingency if they approve the appeal.

"So this didn't come about until every news station in the Metroplex covered this, and if every station in the Metroplex didn't cover this, I don't think we would be here", Hood said.

Information about related MLK Day events in Arlington that will continue can be found online at.

"I'm so glad the NAACP does not have to protest something with Martin Luther King's name on it on Martin Luther King Day", Simmons said.

Arlington officials stressed that they will still celebrate King's life and work through the annual Arlington Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

However, she said she feels relieved that they can spend Martin Luther King Jr. day honoring him appropriately in other city events. Celebration throughout the weekend.

The celebration will conclude at 9 a.m. Monday with a Day of Service at Mission Arlington and a Musical Extravaganza at 6:30 p.m.at the Metro Center of Fielder Road Baptist Church, located at 1323 W. Pioneer Parkway.

Celebration Committee, will take place as scheduled from Friday to Monday.

"This celebration is one of the biggest in the state", Warren said.

Attempts to contact the parade organizers were unsuccessful.