Participants get ready for Tulsa's MLK Jr. Parade


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Updated: 1/21/2013 1:28 pm Published: 1/21/2013 8:16 am


Three thousand people are taking part in Tulsa's 2013 Martin Luther King Parade.

The parade begins at 11 am at Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd and John Hope Franklin Blvd.

Participants started arriving hours ahead of time to get ready.

Parade organizer, Fred Jones, said Tulsa's parade is the second largest in the nation, behind Houston. One of the main attractions in this years parade is a 15 by 15 foot balloon of Rosa Parks and MLK Jr.

Besides extravagant floats, there are also dozens of local bands and companies taking part. Bama Companies, Inc. in Tulsa has put together a drum line and dance team.

Forty members are on the team and have been working 3 months to march in the parade. Bama employee, Mike Harris, said it was important to put together a team "to celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. "

Bama employee, Brittany Thomas, is dancing with the team for a second time this year.  She said there are a few reasons she wanted to be in this year's MLK parade, "to get the experience of having everybody out here having a good time and to remember what  MLK  did for us.”

Governor Mary Fallin released the following statement about Martin Luther King day.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. preached compassion, love and respect for all mankind. These are enduring principles and values that are just as important today as they have ever been.

Please join me in taking a moment to honor Dr. King and all of those who helped to deliver equal civil rights to all our citizens, and who did so non-violently in the face of tremendous adversity. We are a better nation and a better people for their service and sacrifice.


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dukshanee - 1/21/2013 2:55 PM
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meant to say Law Abiding Citizen, im so pissed I cant write right!! lol

dukshanee - 1/21/2013 2:53 PM
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i was in dollar general store earlier and these two black thugs was doing a drug while waiting in line! they weren't quiet about it either, they were loud saying this is the bomb son get you high as a mofo! WTF?! these thugs gangbanger drug dealers are out of control! I wish I coulda pulled out my legally owned gun and shot those scum bags, but im a law bidding citizen and it would be a waste of a perfectly good bullet! M.L.K had a dream, don't think the thugs today were part of it! one mans dream is another mans nightmare!!!

WMCOL - 1/21/2013 10:00 AM
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Won't be there, too many bad actors. Especially those thugs with the old cars with the big chrome wheels. Rude, crass, overbearing, they are like feral people. They can have King all to themselves.

cptspacecase - 1/21/2013 9:05 AM
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this wholse day seems to me to be a slap in the face!..MLK was one of the greatest educators of any generation and we celebrate him by holding a day in his honor that ensures that no child in america learns anything today because they are all out of school!!! this should be a mandatory school day and the focus put back on his message of equality regardless of race. not a day to run around in the streets..get drunk and act stupid.

ctmanuel07 - 1/21/2013 9:04 AM
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Should be a fun one!

Mayor Maynot - 1/21/2013 8:59 AM
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Be a lot of public intox on the daily blotter today. This is is going to be a very special day for Obama. Pledging the office of presidency on MLK day. Classy combination. Good luck to you mr president in your second term.

Mayor Maynot - 1/21/2013 8:53 AM
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Be a lot of public intox on the daily blotter today. This is is going to be a very special day for Obama. Pledging the office of presidency on MLK day. Classy combination. Good luck to you mr president in your second term.
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