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MLK celebrations different this year, but still honor a legacy

Despite events with crowds being kept to a minimum, South Floridians still found ways to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy on Monday.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Every year we pause to remember the late great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the foundation he laid.

We think about how far we as a people have come and talk about what we can do to be better.

That continued Monday on the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday throughout South Florida, even if the celebrations were different this year because of COVID-19.

A caravan in Miramar allowed residents to come out in a socially distanced way:

The pandemic has caused a different type of celebration for Martin Luther King. Jr. Day this year, but the city of Miramar still held a caravan to allow people to honor the legacy of Dr. King.

And a bike ride in Miami sent a message of peace and unity:

Miami-Dade County's mayor and police director led the pack on a bicycle ride Monday to share a message of peace and unity on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

The famous parade down Sistrunk Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale was replaced with a virtual conversation focused on exposing raical inequalities and finding solutions.

And the annual parade in Liberty City didn’t happen live but Local 10 News and the parade’s organizers were able to share a virtual celebration.

While the marching bands and people lining the streets were kept at a minimum this year, the message remained the same: one of unity, power, hope and perseverance.

In the words of Dr. King, the time is always right to do what’s right.

This virtual presentation of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade was put on by the MLK Parade and Festivities Committee, as a way to honor the holiday in a year when crowds couldn't gather in Miami's Liberty City because of the coronavirus pandemic.

About the Author:

Alex Finnie joined the Local 10 News team in May 2018. South Florida is home! She was raised in Miami and attended the Cushman School and New World School of the Arts for high school.