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.
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!
Ocoee Mayor Rusty Johnson
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.
"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 Mayor John Rees with wife Linda, left; D2 Comm. Ron Mueller center; Asst. City Manager Stephen Pash and City Manager John Williams, right.
Charlie Mae Wilder, doyenne of East Winter Garden