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Tallahassee's Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Observance Will Differ From Previous Years

Tom Flanigan
In years past, Tallahassee's MLK Day observance began at the C.K. Steele Bus Plaza where the great civil rights leader's youngest son, Darryl, sang songs of freedom and racial conciliation. This photo was taken in 2019. A year later, Darryl Steele would succumb to pneumonia.

A drive-by parade and the possibility of a concurrent demonstration at the Capitol will be departures from earlier years.

The coronavirus pandemic has forced Tallahassee to change its traditional Martin Luther King, Junior Day observance. But, as Tom Flanigan reports, pro-Trump demonstrators at the State Capitol could further complicate matters.

For many years, the Capital City's MLK celebration began at the C.K. Steele Bus Plaza. After music by Steele's youngest son, Darryl and various speeches, there'd be a march up Adams Street to the Capitol and more music and speeches.

None of that will be happening this year.

Instead, there will be what the City's calling a "stationary parade" on Monroe Street between Tennessee and Gaines streets. Participants will stay put along the curb and spectators will slowly drive south on Monroe past them.

But fans of President Trump are set to demonstrate in front of the Capitol over the weekend and possibly on Wednesday, which is Inauguration Day.

If they're there on Monday, City officials have yet to say how that might affect the MLK event, which is still set to happen between noon and 2 p.m.