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UHD Cheer & Dance Teams Helping Keep MLK's Dream Alive During Grande Parade

Spirit Ambassadors Participating in Jan. 17 Parade


On Jan. 17, the nation will remember the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Events and celebrations will echo his messages of justice, equity and peace, and here in Houston, the MLK Grande Parade will serve as one of the city’s centerpieces for MLK Day. 

Among the parade’s participants are none other than UHD’s Cheerleaders and Gatorettes Dance Team. These spirit ambassadors for the University are regular participants in this popular parade and are among the dozens of dignitaries honoring Dr. King on this day. 

The MLK Grande Parade begins at 10 a.m., Jan. 17 at San Jacinto and Elgin streets in Midtown. The procession will roll northbound on San Jacinto and conclude on Webster Street. Parade details and its route can be found on the MLK Grande Parade website. 

UHD’s Cheerleaders and Gatorettes have long represented the University at citywide events and have been featured on local news outlets. They are mainstays in other prominent parades such as the Houston Livestock & Rodeo Parade and Thanksgiving Day Parade. 

Based within UHD’s Sports & Fitness Department, both cheer and dance teams perform at University sporting events and compete at regional competitions, including the National Cheerleading Association Spring Classic and the American Dance/Drill Team Collegiate Nationals.

About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) – the second-largest university in Houston – has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974.

As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates more than 15,000 students; boasts more than 61,000 alumni and offers 45 bachelor’s, nine master’s degree programs and 16 fully online programs within five colleges (Marilyn Davies College of Business; Humanities & Social Sciences; Public Service; Sciences & Technology; and University College).

For the fourth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report ranks UHD among universities across the nation for Best Online Criminal Justice Programs (No. 27 and No. 15 for Veterans) and Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.

UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston and one of the lowest in Texas. U.S. News ranked the University among Top Performers on Social Mobility and awarded UHD a No. 1 ranking as the most diverse institution of higher education in the southern region of the U.S. The University is noted nationally as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, Minority-Serving Institution and Military Friendly School. For more on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit www.uhd.edu.