Long Beach city officials postpone MLK parade to 2023 due to COVID concerns
City officials announced Tuesday the postponement of the annual Martin Luther King Day Parade to 2023, over COVID-19 concerns, despite state officials loosening the indoor mask mandate.
The parade was postponed last month over COVID concerns, and the city held a virtual MLK Day of Celebration in 2021.
According to the press release, the Long Beach City Council will decide whether to transfer funding from this year's MLK parade to the 2023 celebrations.
Next week the state's indoor mask mandate will expire on Feb. 15 but will remain for people who are unvaccinated.
What they're saying:
Mayor Robert Garcia: "Our city continues to honor the life and legacy of Dr. King in the everyday work we do as a community. While there won't be a parade celebration this year as we continue to make decisions that keep people safe, I'm looking forward to a great celebration next year and for many years to come."
Sixth District Councilwoman Suely Saro: "Not only does this event celebrate the profound life and legacy of Dr. King, but it is also near and dear to many members of our community. Despite the unfortunate circumstances leading to this postponement, we look forward to this event returning next year with new enhancements that will enrich this great celebration."