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Annual MLK Parade

Monday, January 16, 2023

Time: 10:00am 

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Steering Committee, Inc., (Dr. MLK, Jr. Committee) proudly presents the Annual Dr. MLK Jr. Parade of the City of Sanford which honors Dr. King's legacy.


The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. parade scheduled for Monday, January 16, 2023 in the Goldsboro community begins at Crooms Academy of Information Technology High School, 2200 Historic Goldsboro Boulevard (formerly West 13th Street) Sanford, Florida at 10 am.

The Dr. MLK Committee asks your continued support in our efforts to present a parade with integrity and dignity. As a way to improve the quality of the parade, the Dr. MLK, Jr. Committee is encouraging more decorative floats, vehicles, walkers, bands, singing groups, dance groups to represent what the day really means — brotherhood/sisterhood, brotherly/sisterly love, nonviolence and service to mankind to help him up and not down. Together, we can make this the best and most memorable parade and celebration.

>>Read the Parade Rules and Regulations

The entry fee is $15.00 per motorized vehicle {including motorcycles and golf carts) or walking group. See the application for the rules and regulations. Deadline: Thursday, January 12, 2023

Day of Event: Attendees must check in by 9:30 am at the Pook Bear Restaurant parking lot (corner of Persimmon Avenue and Historic Goldsboro Boulevard)

All participants with a motorized vehicle (4-wheeler, motorcycle, ATV, UTV...etc.) must be 18+ years of age, have a valid driver’s license, provide proof of auto insurance and registration.

Festival in the Park - Got Talent Competition

Monday, January 16, 2023

Time: 2:30pm 

The festival in the park event will begin immediately following the parade on the event grounds at Ft. Mellon Park on the beautiful shores of Lake Monroe. Food and merchandise will be available to purchase as well as music, kids activities and live music.


If you can rap, dance, sing, or step, come show off your stuff at the “Sanford’s got Talent” competition. We are also seeking poets, comedians and musicians.

Talent Rules

  1. Talent will be judged on the following criteria:

    • Poise (confidence, covers mistakes, etc.) = 10 points;

    • Physical Appearance (neatness, costuming) = 10 points;

    • Stage Presence (audience appeal, smile, etc.) = 10 points;

    • Overall Impression = 20 points;

    • Talent (musicianship, ability) = 50 points.

    • Total Overall Points = 100 points.

  2. The following awards will be presented in each age division of the Talent Show:

    • 1st Place Trophy

    • 2nd Placed Trophy

    • 3rd Place Trophy

  3. Introduction... Contestants - Please bring a brief, clearly written introduction card to the performance with your name, age, a little bit about you - and what you are performing, name of song. The emcee will use this to introduce you to the audience.

  4. Contestants to appear during the festival must report to stage area 30 minutes prior to the start of the talent show. Make sure you check in with the person in charge. Make sure to give your CD to the sound booth.

  5. The Talent Show will run from 2:30PM to 4PM on Monday, January 16, 2023. Ft Mellon Park, Sanford, FL

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