Thousands turn out for Martin Luther King, Jr. parade

Reported by Gavin Johnson - bio|email
Posted by Debra Worley - email

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Thousands of people lined the streets Monday afternoon to watch the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. parade.

"MLK did not die in vain," said Jeanette Waddell who was celebrating Dr. King's birthday. "We have over came a lot and this is a very special day - that we can all celebrate the coming together of all sorts of people, white, black, Mexicans."

The parade began at noon on 5th and Castle Streets and will end blocks away at 13th and Church Streets.

Organizers say 150 groups were involved in the parade which includes floats, cars, marching bands, dancers, clowns and more.  Politicians from the local and state level are also participating in the event.

There will be a basketball game at CFCC Tuesday evening in honor of Dr. King.  The game is free to the public and begins at 7:00.

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