In 2016, Dallas will see a single Martin Luther King Day parade instead of the separate parades on Saturday and Monday that have dueled for decades, city officials confirmed this week.RelatedCaraway’s campaign bus peppered with bulletsBut the push for a single parade has exposed old and deep political divisions in southern Dallas and sowed bitter accusations and counter-accusations among some involved in the process.
The Blair family, founders of the Elite News – a traditional black newspaper – appear to have lost hosting rights to the Monday parade that they founded and ran for nearly 30 years. Politics is to blame, said Darryl Blair, the newspaper’s founder.“There has been a hijacking,” he said, pointing the finger at city staff and a political rival in former council member Dwaine Caraway.
City staff members and Caraway adamantly denied that.
City officials said Blair never applied for a parade permit and that he is deeply in debt to the city for unpaid fees from last year’s parade.
Caraway insisted he’s had no involvement at all.