North Texas is ready to tip its hat to civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. — and in a big way.

Residents will celebrate the leader’s birthday over three days, culminating with the Toyota North Texas Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade & Celebration on Jan. 15.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott will serve as the honorary grand marshal of the parade that’s geared for the first time to unite six counties — Tarrant, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Kaufman and Collin — in one regional celebration.

“The Martin Luther King Jr. parade and celebration is a time to reflect on the triumphs, tragedies, and lessons of the past, and I am humbled and proud to participate in an event to commemorate the legacy of a brave man and his mark on history,” Abbott said.

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