San Antonio’s MLK March and Celebration canceled due to extreme cold

Arctic weather has caused icy bridges and overpasses

SAN ANTONIO – The 2024 MLK March and Celebration has been canceled due to icy conditions.

The City of San Antonio and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission announced the cancellation just before 6:30 a.m. Monday. The march was supposed to start at 10 a.m., but then it was delayed by an hour on Sunday evening before it was ultimately canceled Monday morning.

Officials are urging people to stay off the roads, as the arctic blast has created some highways and elevated surfaces to ice.

“If you must travel, plan accordingly and drive with caution. Please closely monitor weather conditions by following local news channels and the City’s social media pages,” a news release states.

Click here for a look at highway and street closures in San Antonio.

The San Antonio MLK March is considered to be one of the largest — if not the largest — in the nation. It returned to an in-person event in 2023, after the COVID-19 pandemic forced the celebration to go virtual.

The theme for this year was “Yesterday’s Dream, Today’s Vision, Tomorrow’s Reality!” The march started in 1968 by Dr. Rev. Raymond Callies.

History of cold weather on MLK Day

KSAT meteorologists expect the temperature could be the lowest for the holiday in more than a decade, with the current low/high forecasted at 19/33 on Monday.

In 2022 and 2019, the low temperature for MLK Day in San Antonio was 32 degrees - though the sun warmed marchers in 2022.

In 2007, the low temperature was 31 degrees and San Antonio received about half an inch of precipitation, according to KSAT weather archives.

Keep up with the weather by clicking here.

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