MLK parade canceled after funding pulled amid protest threat

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The City of Arlington declined to issue a permit for the event, after organizers "failed to meet event planning and security-related funding requirements", according to a statement from the city.

The region-wide parade to celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday in Arlington has been canceled.

"We are down to the last minute and all the requirements for the permitting process have not been met", said the city's communications director, Jay Warren. Organizers have 5 days to appeal and the city would have 5 days to respond after an appeal is filed.

The NAACP was hosting a Town Hall meeting to plot a strategy to protest the planned MLK Day parade, because the organization and some community leaders were opposed to the Governor Greg Abbott being tapped to be Honorary Grand Marshal.

Yelverton said the parade's organizers hadn't paid the fees necessary to cover the city resources, including police officers needed to provide security.

"There is a significant burden and we have to be sure that burden is not borne by the taxpayers", he said.

Event spokesman Winsor Barbee told the Star-Telegram that the parade cost about $250,000, but the group was about $60,000 short after some sponsors pulled their funding because of the potential for a boycott.

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Parade organizer, Windsor Barbee, said Thursday night she still had hope the event would go on.

"Do we move forward, or do we hold up, because we were all concerned?"

The parade, set to take place in Arlington's entertainment district, was billed as a way to combine MLK events in Tarrant, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Kaufman and Collin counties in one regional celebration. "As we review his career and public service, it is fair to say that Greg Abbott has done more to damage and undermine African-American and Latino civil and voter rights, educational opportunities and economic empowerment than any other modern-day Texas governor".

Local NAACP officials said they support canceling the parade because Abbott's participation would have forced them to protest an event meant to honor King.

Posting of "No Parking Zone" notices along the parade route has been completed.

"It's just not happening at this point", he said.

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