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Weekend Ticket: Black history parade is Saturday in Natchez

NATCHEZ — A black history month parade that takes place this Saturday is a celebration history that people of all races can enjoy, said parade organizer Jacqueline Marsaw said.

Floats, horses, motorcycles, four wheelers, dancers and bands will line up at 12:30 p.m. Saturday on Broadway Street, Marsaw said.

The parade will take off at 1 p.m. down Franklin Street, turn left on Martin Luther King Jr. Street and end at Minor and Spring streets, Marsaw said.

The co-grand marshals of the parade are Thomas “Boo” Campbell and Rev. Leroy White, she said.

“I couldn’t even tell you how many we will have in the parade. There will still be people jumping in line to sine up until we start,” Marsaw said. “We have church groups, organizations, Girl Scouts, two marching bands, dance groups and even some public officials.”

Marsaw said this will be her second year to host the Black History Month parade after local historian, Darryl White. A fee of $10 per group is charged to cover insurance costs and parade clean up, Marsaw said.

“(The parade) was always a tradition and I wanted to continue to do something nice for everyone in the community to come out and enjoy,” she said.

Marsaw said the theme this year is ‘Believe in Something, even if it means sacrificing everything.’

“I really liked that message, and when I learned the Girl Scout troops are making posters for it I started crying,” Marsaw said. “I believe it’s a good message that will be encouraging to our young people to help them keep pushing for what they believe in.”

Marsaw said a celebration would also take place after the parade at the fair grounds on Broadway Street, where food vendors and music would be provided.

“I was inspired by a Mardi Gras celebration in Magnolia, Mississippi,” Marsaw said. “After the parade, they had so many vendors and black and white people all came together and had fun. Everyone is welcome to come out. … Bring lawn chairs.”