Save the date: ‘Party at Hardy’

Jay FitzEast Knox, Our Town Outdoors

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

  • Parade Lineup: 8:30 a.m. at Chilhowee Park
  • Parade Step Off: 10 a.m.
  • Parade End: Dr. Walter Hardy Park at ~11a.m.
  • Party at Hardy: Celebration continues at Dr. Walter Hardy Park from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.

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.

Transportation: KAT buses will provide transportation for parade participants parking at Overcoming Believers Church on Harriet Tubman Street and Tabernacle Baptist Church on Cruze Street. Buses will run from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m., transporting to Midway Chilhowee Park entrance.

Vendor Opportunities: We invite retail vendors, food trucks and community organizations to join us. Limited spaces are available, and we request a “pay-what-you-can” $25 donation to reserve your 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

Mabrey Duff is parade chair.

Information provided by Brian Brooks of Eternal Marketing Group.


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