MLK Jr. Parade/March & Juneteenth Celebration in Knoxville

The MLK Commemorative Commission warmly invites the community to participate in the MLK Jr. Parade/March & Juneteenth Celebration on Wednesday, June 19, 2024. This year’s event promises an exuberant day of celebration and remembrance at Dr. Walter Hardy Park, following the parade.

Event Details:
– Parade Lineup: 8:30 AM at Chilhowee Park
– Parade Step Off: 10:00 AM
– Parade End: Dr. Walter Hardy Park (2020 Martin Luther King Jr Ave) at approximately 11:00 AM
– Juneteenth Celebration: Continues at Dr. Walter Hardy Park from 11:00 AM until 4:00 PM

This event is a cornerstone of community unity and cultural celebration, offering opportunities for local vendors, parade participants, and community organizations to engage with attendees in a vibrant setting. Whether you’re marching, vending, or celebrating, there’s a role for everyone to honor the legacies of freedom and equality.

About MLK:
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a leader in the American civil rights movement, advocating for nonviolent resistance to overcome injustice. His work and legacy are celebrated nationwide, symbolizing the fight for equality, justice, and human rights.

History of Juneteenth:
Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas on June 19, 1865, and more broadly the emancipation of enslaved African Americans throughout the former Confederate States of America. It is a day to honor resilience, freedom, and the ongoing pursuit of equality.

Event Evolution:
The MLK parade was traditionally celebrated during Dr. King’s birthday in January. Since moving the celebration to Juneteenth, patrons have enjoyed the warmer weather and expanded festivities, making it a more vibrant and inclusive event for all.

Vendor Opportunities:
We are excited to announce that over 25 vendors are already confirmed for the event, offering a diverse range of goods and services. There are still some vendor spaces available, and we encourage interested parties to secure their spot soon. We request a “pay-what-you-can” $25 donation to reserve your vendor space. Register early at to ensure your participation.

Parade Participation:
Don’t miss your chance to be part of the inspiring MLK Jr. Parade! For registration and more details, visit Come march with us as we continue Dr. King’s legacy of unity and peace.

KAT buses will provide transportation for parade participants parking at Overcomer’s Believers Church on Harriet Tubman Street and Tabernacle Baptist Church on Cruze Street. Buses will run from 8:30 AM until 1:00 PM, transporting participants to the Midway Chilhowee Park entrance.

Entertainment and Activities:
Enjoy a day full of live entertainment, music performances, a drumline, precision drill team, kids’ activities, crafts, food vendors, retail vendors, and a live DJ! This year’s Juneteenth Celebration is set to be a memorable day full of joy, culture, and community spirit.

For any questions or further information, please contact Mabrey Duff, Parade Chair, at or Brian Brooks at 865-816-9864.

About the MLK Commemorative Commission:
The MLK Commemorative Commission is dedicated to preserving and promoting the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through community educational programs and cultural activities. We strive to foster inclusive communities and celebrate the cultural diversity that strengthens the fabric of American life.