Organizers prepare for MLK parade

Published 6:00 am Sunday, January 7, 2007

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. fought for civil rights — among them, voting rights.

That’s why this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade has been given the theme “Voting Our Values and Value Our Vote,” parade organizer Katie Ruth Moore said.

The parade theme will emphasize the importance of voting, something Moore said King fought for.

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“(Years ago), it was hard for us to vote,” Moore said. “We had to pay poll taxes and all like that. The parade is important because we are celebrating a great man that fought for justice and civil rights.

The Natchez MLK Jr. Day Parade will start at 2:30 p.m., Jan. 15, starting on the bluffs. For more information call 601-445-5957

“It’s very important we participate in the parade.”

This year’s parade will include at least two marching bands — Natchez Middle and High School bands — as well as floats and cars.

Participants will line up at 1:30 p.m. Jan 15 on the bluff and proceed at 2:30 p.m. up Franklin Street, along Martin Luther King Street and end at Minor Street.

The Natchez parade, sponsored by the NAACP, has been around for at least 15 years, Moore said.

“Attendance last year was very good,” Moore said. “We had a cold day, but people came out.”

Moore said she hopes people come out again this year to celebrate a man who led the fight for civil rights.

She said people should call her at 601-445-5957 for more information.

Those interested are also invited to a Jan 13 banquet at the community center. Tickets cost $15 and can be obtained by talking to any NAACP member.