Houston mayor asks city to unite behind 1 MLK parade
HOUSTON (AP) — Houston’s mayor is hoping the city’s ongoing feud between dueling parades honoring Martin Luther King Jr. will soon be over.
The Houston Chronicle reports Mayor Sylvester Turner has backed a 40-year-old parade by the Black Heritage Society as the city’s official event honoring the slain civil rights leader.
The downtown parade first began in 1978.
A dueling event by the MLK parade foundation was first held in 1995. Since then, organizers for both parades have accused each other of profiteering on parade proceeds.
Charles Stamps, who organizes the newer parade, questioned the legality of Turner’s intervention Thursday and said he’s already planning his group’s parade in January.
Turner said he can’t stop anyone from seeking a parade permit but official support will be with the older parade.
Information from: Houston Chronicle, http://www.houstonchronicle.com