Arlington MLK parade denied permit over funding failure

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The City of Arlington has declined a permit for the organizers of the Martin Luther King, Jr. event Monday to hold their advertised parade.

Arlington's special events ordinance requires a permit for parades on public streets, public parks or other outdoor spaces owned by the city, and organizers are required to pay the costs of covering costs for traffic management and event security.

City officials said they received the appeal shortly after 2 p.m. Friday and were reviewing the issue.

"We definitely will protest this event if he is not removed", activist Dominique Alexander said Monday outside Arlington city hall.

Protesters had been calling for a boycott over the involvement of Gov. Greg Abbott, who had been named the parade's honorary Grand Marshal. "We do not endorse this scheduled event".

Warren told NBC 5 there is an appeals process.

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

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The parade was billed as a way to combine MLK events in Tarrant, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Kaufman and Collin counties in one regional celebration.

Warren said parade organizers did provide some of the required $34,000 to the city earlier this week, but the payment wasn't sufficient for an estimated 50,000 people to attend the parade. It is a 4-day event with cultural activities and a day of community service.

"I'm so glad the NAACP does not have to protest something with Martin Luther King's name on it on Martin Luther King Day", Simmons said. Simmons remarked. "That does not look good".

Arlington's traditional Advancing the Dream celebration, hosted by the Arlington Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration throughout the weekend.

Last week, the Arlington NAACP announced its opposition to the parade, citing Abbott's record on things such as voting rights, education funding and immigration as evidence that he shouldn't be part of a celebration of King's legacy.

Starting at 9 a.m., N. Third Street will be closed.

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