Up to 150 people to take part in MLK parade

Published 12:00 am Saturday, January 31, 2004

NATCHEZ &045; Parade organizers are expecting between 100 and 150 participants in today’s Martin Luther King Jr. parade.

Participants will start lining up on the bluff around 1:30 p.m. and the parade will start at 2:30. The route will go up Franklin Street, turn on Martin Luther King Jr. Street and end on Minor Street.

Katie Moore, chairman of the Martin Luther King Jr. events, has been working with the parade and other programs for 25 years.

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&uot;We are commemorating the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and that is very important to all of us, not only black people but to whites&uot; Moore said. &uot;He did so much for our community and our nation.&uot;

Today’s parade will include bands, horses, cars and floats from different church groups, Moore said.

Lula James of Zion Flower Missionary Baptist Church has been working with youth from the church to prepare their float.

&uot;The youth department will ride and hopefully they’ll let me on too,&uot; James said. &uot;It will have ‘True hero dreams live on’ on it and a picture of Martin Luther King Jr.&uot;