Black History parade set for Saturday

Published 12:01 am Friday, February 15, 2019


NATCHEZ — In the heart of the civil rights movement, activists marched through the streets to gain freedom, and more than 60 years later activists are still marching.

Saturday’s march, however, will be to celebrate those hard-won rights.

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Starting at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, everyone, regardless of race, is invited to line up on Broadway Street for a 2 p.m. parade in recognition of Black History Month.

Jacqueline Marsaw said she is organizing the event on behalf of the National Action Network, a civil rights organization, and individuals may register to participate for a fee of $10 up until the parade starts and preferably sooner.

However, a special float has been created for grieving mothers who have lost children in acts of violence, Marsaw said, and those mothers can participate at no charge.

The event also will feature a float contest with trophies for the first through fifth place for the most festive participants, Marsaw said.

“I ask that anyone who participates be respectable,” Marsaw said, adding that profane or indecent music, dress, decorations or behavior is prohibited.

Marsaw said anyone who would like to register or ask for more information, should contact her 601-443-1350.