Competing MLK-Day parade groups see no need to come together

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It’s Martin Luther King Day, on the eve of the historic inauguration of America’s first black president.

Locally, that’s still no reason for two bickering groups to come together, as Jennifer Radcliffe reports for the Chronicle:

The MLK Parade Foundation will host the lone downtown event at 10 a.m. Monday, while the rival Black Heritage Society will march at noon on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

Ovide Duncantell, founder of the Black Heritage Society, said he moved his parade to the south Houston neighborhood after he lost out on the sole permit for the downtown parade. He vowed to be first in line for the downtown parade in 2010.

Despite the historic nature of this year’s event, organizers of Houston’s rival MLK parades said they don’t feel compelled to unify.

We are still highly amused by Laurence Simon’s unity proposal.

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