DPAC’s Front Yard Festival – Orlando
The COVID-19 pandemic is cancelling or postponing several events. The one longstanding tradition in Orlando is still going strong. The City of Orlando’s MLK Parade usually marches down Orange Avenue. But the city made changes to the event this year. Jae Lyon said she attends the event every year. It’s all about supporting the cause. With the world turned upside down, we need to come together for the cause. Lyon stated.
Orlando Front Yard Festival
Instead of the traditional parade. The city held a performance at the Dr Phillip’s Center Front Yard Festival. Lorri Shaban with DPAC said 10 acts that normally participate in the parade. Showing off their talents on the stage. This year because they couldn’t’ do the parade. They got together with the City of Orlando.
They imagined it. Attendees watched the show from socially distanced pods. They were spaced out on the lawn. Everyone was required to wear face coverings. Mayor Buddy Dyer said even though we’re celebrating Dr Martin Luther King Jr. In a different way this year. It is still important to honour his life and legacy.
I think it’s more important today than it’s ever been. That they should think about the lessons that Dr King taught us. The ones about being able to peacefully unite ourselves. In order that might be something that they need to think about. While they plan to go forward. Dyer said. Lyon adds we all need to come together to remember Dr King’s message.
The Orlando Mayor’s Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission strengthens our community. By promoting Dr King’s legacy of service. Equality, justice, peace, respect. Inclusion for all. The national holiday commemorating the birth of Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. First began in 1986. In anticipation of the new holiday. The Orlando City Commissioner Mable Butler urged the City of Orlando. In order to formally establish a committee to recognize and honour. The life and legacy of Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. Throughout the national King Holiday. Mayor Bill Frederick established the Martin Luther King Celebration. Known as Day Committee in 1985.
Although the City had provided funding for activities. The organisation was also charged with planning holiday activities. Importantly, the group saw the holiday as an opportunity. In order to bring the community together. Shortly consequently, the small group was expanded by Mayor Frederick. Include appointed members from the public, private, and non-profit sectors. For fundraising and coordinate celebration and recognition events. In each January and was renamed the Mayor’s Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission. It is important to note that. These two community organizations have partnered with the Commission. Ever since its inception. The Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and the Southwest Orlando Jaycees.