WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Hundreds of people lined Front Street Monday to watch the annual Martin Luther King Jr. parade. This is the first time the event has taken place along that street.
The celebration had started on Castle Street, but organizers decided it was time for a change. The new route was the same used for the Christmas parade last month. Organizers hoped the new route would draw a larger crowd.
Some business owners on Castle Street are a little disappointed the parade route moved.
"I'm just a little disappointed because now I have to try to get off work and go downtown to see it," explained salon owner Vivian Royal.
But despite the new route, hundreds managed to make their way to the heart of the downtown district. From local leaders to cheerleaders, the event was a melting pot of people all marching for the King.
The parade started at Second and Hanover Streets and headed down North Front Street to Princess Street, turned on Water Street and ended at the intersection of Brunswick and Front Streets.
Entry and exit points along parade route will be blocked off at 9:00AM. Parking is free throughout Downtown Wilmington.
100 groups and organizations were a part of this year's parade, which incorporated the local Boy's and Girl's Club and several marching bands, including a band traveling as far as Maryland.
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