(SAVANNAH) One of the premier parades honoring Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is set in the Hostess City. The MLK Jr. Observance Day Association, Inc. has been working on this parade for 364 days. That work climaxes on the national holiday honoring the legacy of Dr. King. The 2016 edition of the annual tradition includes 325 entries are slated to participate in the 37th installment of the MLK Parade in Savannah.
While many in the U.S. take time to give time to community service projects, many of those communities also honor the legacy of Dr. King with a parade and at one point it was reportedly the 2nd largest in the nation. Some who have seen it, even without being there, Rodney Stockman says he’s lived in Savannah for years, but is always scheduled to work on parade day, but he gets to catch the live broadcast on WSAV. “I like the parade. The parade’s nice..a lot of different floats and stuff that they have in it and it’s uh, it’s nice to see a lot of churches involved in it.” Stockman said. Merry King says she has lived in Savannah several years and always finds the MLK parade uplifting. ” The bands are real good and I just enjoy gettin’ caught up in it.” King said. King adds that the slain civil rights leader leaves a lasting legacy in her mind. ” ‘Cause of the ah, person that he was..the human being that he was…’cause he stood up for what is right. He believed it wasn’t the color of your skin, the content of their character.” King said.
Every year the theme of the MLK parade is selected from submissions from Chatham County students. The 2016 theme is “Following His Footsteps: Marching with a Dream, submitted by Jordan Williams, a 5th grader at Gadsen Elementary School in Savannah. Stockman the theme he would like to see adopted is for more people to apply Dr. King’s philosophy of non-violence to their lives. ” Personally, I’d like to see folk start livin’ a lot of what Martin Luther King lived for… What he was about.” Stockman said, adding that he is thankful that the parade is broadcast on WSAV, it’s the next best thing to being there. ” It’s not bad. I mean I like to be there to see it in-person, you know what I mean, but it’s nice to see it on TV.” Stockman chuckled.
The 2016 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Annual Parade in Savannah will begin at 10 a.m. at East Broad and Liberty Streets. The parade will disband at Anderson and MLK Boulevard. Click the links below to tap into live streaming coverage starting at 10:00 a.m. and for more information about the parade are below.