Still Marching, 2020

Five years ago, I marched in my first Martin Luther King Day parade in Brunswick, Georgia. I found myself immersed in a joyful celebration of black culture that most white people don’t experience, and I have always treasured the photos and memories from that day.

A couple of years later, I photographed a similar parade in Clearwater, Florida. I wondered why it was so small, even though the community was bigger. I’ve since learned that nearby St. Petersburg boasts one of the oldest and biggest MLK events in the nation, so Clearwater is strictly a neighborhood event.

I considered driving to St. Pete this year, but bigger doesn’t necessarily mean better. Instead, I drove to Cherry Harris park, just a few miles from my home, and used my camera to capture the beautiful faces of the parade as well as the people who live along the route.

Thank you to everyone who attended the march and allowed me to photograph your smiling faces! Please send me an email if you’d like a higher resolution copy of one of these photos (free).

2020 Clearwater MLK March

man leaning on phone pole
Family on porch of green and yellow house
2 young girls
Group of men watching on Pennsylvania Avenue
Woman with sign:
Church group with signs
Group of people in the street
Parade on Pennsylvania Avenue
Parade on Pennsylvania Ave
Woman watching from church
Smiling family group
Young man with Happy Birthday sign
2 people watching
Woman waving to camera
2 African-American men walking together
2 men shaking hands
African-American man marching in parade
woman and man shouting
marchers in the parade
Woman laughing in parade
African-American woman in parade
people waiting on MLK Ave
Group of people in the parade
Woman waving
Watching the parade
Man with cell phone
Man with little boy
Church group in the parade
2 African-American men in the front yard
Street scene
3 people on front stoop
Stroller, marchers with signs, and kids on bikes
Women laughing
family on sidewalk
Man texting
marching band
kids in the park
man leaning on phone pole Family on porch of green and yellow house 2 young girls Group of men watching on Pennsylvania Avenue Woman with sign: Church group with signs Group of people in the street Parade on Pennsylvania Avenue Parade on Pennsylvania Ave Woman watching from church Smiling family group Young man with Happy Birthday sign 2 people watching Woman waving to camera 2 African-American men walking together 2 men shaking hands African-American man marching in parade woman and man shouting marchers in the parade Woman laughing in parade African-American woman in parade people waiting on MLK Ave Group of people in the parade Woman waving Watching the parade Man with cell phone Man with little boy Church group in the parade 2 African-American men in the front yard Street scene 3 people on front stoop Stroller, marchers with signs, and kids on bikes Women laughing family on sidewalk Man texting marching band kids in the park