The Langston University marching band performs Monday in the Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade in Oklahoma City. Photo by Steve Gooch, The Oklahoman
More than 150 organizations participated in the parade, making it one of the largest, said Winard Brown, treasurer for the Oklahoma City Martin Luther King Holiday Coalition, which hosted the event. Sunshine and temperatures in the 60s brought out the large crowd, he said.
Hector Ibarra, 17, and his girlfriend watched as members of the Langston University marching band danced in the street to drum cadences.
"We came to see different people’s culture,” said Ibarra, who is Hispanic.
"It’s a whole different thing than ours, and we came to support what Martin Luther King did.”
Parade organizer William Jones said it is his goal to increase the number of groups participating in the parade next year, even if it means calling all Oklahoma City schools.
"Some people worry that inviting too many groups will make the parade too long, but unity is more important than the length of a parade,” Jones said. "I want to be it to be a situation where everyone is involved.”