Cherokee Nation Councilor For District 13 Joe Deere Named Grand Marshal Of The Tulsa MLK Parade

The Oklahoma Eagle Newswire


Joe Deere, the Cherokee Nation Councilor for District 13, which includes Tulsa, Catoosa and Owasso, has been named Grand Marshal of the 43rd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Parade. He will be wearing purple to signify bipartisanship, creating community, and building bridges. Deere will be joined by his wife of 25 years, Bobi Hill Deere.

The parade takes place Monday, January 17, at 11 a.m., beginning at the corner of N. Detroit Ave. and John Hope Franklin Blvd and meanders through historic Greenwood Avenue to Archer, ending near ONEOK Field. Thousands of people are expected to attend the parade featuring 160 themed floats, marching bands, dancers and corporate sponsors. Masks are encouraged given the high rates of Covid-19 in Tulsa and surrounding communities.

“We are excited to have Mr. Deere as our Grand Marshal, as he will be the first tribal representative we’ve had serving in this capacity,” said Pleas Thompson, president of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Society. “Our Native American brothers and sisters have done much to build bridges in our community, and we acknowledge their partnership in embracing Dr. King’s legacy both in thought and in action.”


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