Organizers of the controversial Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade that's stirred controversy for choosing Texas Gov. Greg Abbott as its honorary grand marshal will not happen.
NAACP Arlington Chapter President Alisa Simmons said the chapter was originally gathering Thursday night to plan a protest for the parade Monday.
"What they've done has no use for us trying to build bridges to solve the problems that our communities are facing", Tatum said. "We are moving forward with the cancellation of the parade".
Organizers appealed the denial of the permit Friday, but were denied again.More news: Vacation of Pre-election Judgement: Obiora Okonkwo Rejects Court Ruling, Proceeds to Appeal
Arlington's special events ordinance requires a permit for parades on public streets, public parks or other outdoor spaces owned by the city, and organizers are required to pay the costs of covering costs for traffic management and event security.
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City officials said the decision was made because organizers of the Toyota North Texas Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Though the governor's office said it would provide comment on the situation, it had not by late Thursday night. "I serve as Governor for all Texans".More news: West Ham boss Moyes sends worrying message to the fans
Simmons said she was frustrated that people kept confusing NAACP's involvement with the parade despite the organization explicitly stating they were not involved with the event in their statement.
We're told no parking restrictions along the parade route will take place.
The parade was billed as a way to combine MLK events in Tarrant, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Kaufman and Collin counties in one regional celebration. "Advancing the Dream" Celebration. Activities planned for the weekend can be found at. The 38th annual parade is Sunday, January 14 and will march between Harbor Drive and Embarcadero.
When the parade ends, there will be a rally at Sundance Square Plaza. "We should be working hard to honor Dr. King and make this a wonderful day".More news: What Makes Intrepid Potash Inc (IPI) A Compelling Stock?
"He talked about bringing people together, of all works of life, ... and building an America where his poor little children would be equal to everyone", she said.