Pensacola holds 31st annual MLK Day parade

By Courtney Shaw
Staff writer

Monday marked the 32nd annual celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday and the 31st annual Martin Luther King Day Parade in downtown Pensacola.

For the past three years that Danielle Harrison has attended the event, she said she has noticed that more people are coming to the parades and celebrating King’s legacy and what he stood for.

“It is always great to see the community out here supporting something so powerful and motivating,” Harrison said. “Every year, more and more people get involved.”

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This parade, in particular, is the longest parade Pensacola holds, lasting from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., starting on Garden Street and ending on Palafox Street. The parade has more than 60 entries ranging from college students to military and to churches.

“It is amazing to see how compassionate people are about this parade,” Shaye Ford said. “Usually people come out because they think it’sits another Mardi Gras parade. This year, people are here to keep the dream alive.”

“Keep The Dream Alive” is this year’s theme used by the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Celebration Commission. The commission is using this theme to represent King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech” given in Washington, D.C. in 1963.

There are many other events in Pensacola later in the week that are celebrating the legacy King left.

One Response to Pensacola holds 31st annual MLK Day parade

  1. RICK says:

    You go girl very nice.

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