Thousands attend St. Petersburg MLK Dream Big Parade

Pinellas County

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) – Carolyn Carnegie gets choked up when she talks about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. She drove from Manatee County with her family to attend the St. Petersburg MLK Dream Big Parade in St. Petersburg.

“Oh my gosh. I grew up in an era where we had segregation,” said Carnegie. “But it’s so much more now and it means a lot to have my grandchildren out here to experience today.”

James Martin brought his youngest son, Emmanuel. For him, the parade was as much about education as it was enjoyment and entertainment.

“Today means me bringing my last seed out here to let him know that somebody stood up for him a long time ago,” said Martin. “Even though things aren’t where we need them to be… it’s getting there. We’re going to keep working on it.”

Juanita Pinckney brought her grandchildren to the parade for the first time.

“It means something because of the person behind it which is, you know, Dr. Martin Luther King,” said Pinckney. “So for someone who brought us a long way just by having a dream and just to have a lot of people coming together and enjoying this special day at the parade… I think it’s a great thing.”

St. Petersburg police said an estimated 40,000 people attended the parade. No major issues occurred and no arrests were made.

LATEST STORIES:

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Top Videos

FL Strawberry Festival gets off to a "berry" cold start

Thumbnail for the video titled "FL Strawberry Festival gets off to a "berry" cold start"

11 dog stolen pkg

Thumbnail for the video titled "11 dog stolen pkg"

8 On Your Side flies with Air Force ahead of Tampa Bay Airfest 2020

Thumbnail for the video titled "8 On Your Side flies with Air Force ahead of Tampa Bay Airfest 2020"

City of Tampa to maintain Memorial Park Cemetery

Thumbnail for the video titled "City of Tampa to maintain Memorial Park Cemetery"

“Here we are again”: Polk man runs another chop shop out of same property, deputies say

Thumbnail for the video titled "“Here we are again”: Polk man runs another chop shop out of same property, deputies say"

Suspect in serious-condition following deputy-involved shooting in Manatee County

Thumbnail for the video titled "Suspect in serious-condition following deputy-involved shooting in Manatee County"

Grilled cheese stand satisfies savory cravings at Florida Strawberry Festival

Thumbnail for the video titled "Grilled cheese stand satisfies savory cravings at Florida Strawberry Festival"

Sarasota man and three-legged dog train for American Ninja Warrior

Thumbnail for the video titled "Sarasota man and three-legged dog train for American Ninja Warrior"

Some Tampa streets reopen after CSX ‘rogue’ railroad repairs

Thumbnail for the video titled "Some Tampa streets reopen after CSX ‘rogue’ railroad repairs"

Solar customers left in the dark

Thumbnail for the video titled "Solar customers left in the dark"

Largo man accused of killing mom, stepsister with a machete during argument about money

Thumbnail for the video titled "Largo man accused of killing mom, stepsister with a machete during argument about money"

Strawberry cream cheese calzone available at Florida Strawberry Festival

Thumbnail for the video titled "Strawberry cream cheese calzone available at Florida Strawberry Festival"
More Local News

Trending Stories

get the app

News App

Weather App

Don't Miss

More Don't Miss