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Two Parades

Ocoee and Winter Garden celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.

Thanks to the cities' staggered start times Monday, VoxPopuli was able to attend both Martin Luther King Jr. parades in Ocoee and Winter Garden. Here's some of what we saw.

Ocoee MLK Parade Guns Down, praise up
The best sign we saw all day, at the 16th Annual Ocoee MLK Parade, Jan. 15, 2024. Norine Dworkin/VoxPopuli


We're sure there's a rule somewhere that states Ocoee cannot host an MLK Parade without the Ocoee High School Marching Knights! These young performers do a fabulous show!

D4 Commissioner Ages Hart with wife Lori Hart. Norine Dworkin/VoxPopuli

Ocoee Mayor Rusty Johnson

Dancers from Standing Ovation. Norine Dworkin/VoxPopuli

Shasta Quinn leads the contingent from the West Oaks Branch of the Orange County Public Library. Norine Dworkin/VoxPopuli

Former D4 Commissioner George Oliver, running again for the D4 seat

Left: Duly elected Orange and Osceola County State Attorney Monique Worrell, suspended by Gov. Ron DeSantis. Above, Orange County Comptroller Phil Diamond, who joined Winter Garden's parade too.

Nate Robertson, center, candidate for D4 city commissioner. Norine Dworkin/VoxPopuli

"It's such an important holiday for our country, that we continue to remember the life, the legacy, the accomplishments of Dr. King and the sacrifice that he made to really work hard to bring us to a place of greater unity" Nate Robertson, candidate for D4 city commissioner, told VoxPopuli before the parade kicked off. "But we have to all continue to acknowledge that we're not done. There's still so much work that needs to be done. I'm grateful to be out here today. It's a great day in Ocoee."

Winter Garden

Winter Garden Mayor John Rees with wife Linda, left; D2 Comm. Ron Mueller center; Asst. City Manager Stephen Pash and City Manager John Williams, right.

Oakland Commissioner Sal Ramos, running for Oakland mayor, with "Queen of Oakland" Marilyn Mack. Norine Dworkin/VoxPopuli

Erika Feazel, right, of Healthy West Orange and One Winter Garden, is Miss Winter Garden USA.

Shepherd's Hope is a free clinic for the uninsured on Ninth Street in East Winter Garden.

Circles of Central Florida works for sustainable poverty reduction in East Winter Garden.

Pastor Rainey McFadden of the West Orange Dream Center in East Winter Garden

Karen Mcneil, candidate for D3 commissioner, and VoxPopuli advisory board member.

Charlie Mae Wilder, doyenne of East Winter Garden



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