Parades, festivals on tap.
The city of Houston on Monday will honor the Martin Luther King Junior holiday with not one, but two major parades.
Sylvester Brown says the Black Heritage Society's longest running MLK Day parade in the nation is marking it's 35th year with a special ceremony.
“This year we're going to be dedicating our Houston Martin Luther King Junior statue and plaza at McGregor Park,” Brown tell KTRH News.
“Aside from our community festival at Discovery Green, we're going to erect a giant screen to watch our president being sworn-in,” he says.
Charles Stamps is with the much younger Mid-Town 'Grand Parade,' He says MLK events in Texas have more than doubled in recent years.
“The state of Texas is going to have 112 MLK Day parades,” says Stamps. “If you include festivals and other activities, it's more like 185.”
Stamps insists there is no competition, and likens the day to a Mardi Gras for African-Americans.
“We don't have any competition with any parade,” he says. “We have a dedicated message and positive program, and so do they.”