Savannah celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. with 39th Annual Parade

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — Nearly 50 years after Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, his life still has a powerful impact on people everywhere — including the Hostess City.

“Unity, peace, love and happiness is basically what it’s about,” Savannah resident and parade observer Shakeema Lloyd said.  Everybody. No segregation, everybody standing as one. That’s what he wanted. That’s what we doin’.”

This year’s theme “Together We Win With Love For Humanity,” serves as a powerful reminder to reflect on Dr. King’s legacy locally and nationally.

“The color doesn’t matter. To love everyone. It doesn’t matter who they are. Like it says in the Bible, ‘Do unto others as they should do unto you,” Lloyd said.

Dr. Ann Levett, Savannah-Chatham County Public School Superintendent, and Al Wright, Public Affairs Consultant at Gulfstream, led Savannah’s parade as the 2018 Marshals.

Take a look at some of the highlights from this year’s parade below.


One Spirit Dance Academy

Johnson Marching Band / Jenkins NJROTC

Beach Marching Band / First Coast NJROTC

Oglethorpe Charter Marching Band

Jean Ribault NJROTC

Savannah State University

Frank Callen Boys & Girls Club

Jenkins High School Marching Band

Kappa Alpha Psi

Ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha

Islands Color Guard & Marching Band

A.E. Beach High JROTC

Windsor Forest Marching Band

Boy Scouts of America

The Freedom Skaters

Blessings in a Book Bag

Miss Black Georgia US Ambassadors

Georgia Southern University

Savannah High Marching Band


Although the parade has come to an end, the MLK Observance Day Association has more events scheduled through April, wrapping up with the King Memorial Scholarship Awards Program.

Check out the full list of events here.

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