Crowd Gathers for MLK Parade

JANUARY 16, 2006 -- In a city that's known its share of racial strife, footsteps and drumbeats Monday emphasized the importance of racial harmony.

It is Dr. Martin Luther King Day, and it is in his memory that a large crowd gathered for a parade through downtown Wilmington.

Parents and children lined up along Castle Street for the annual event. Bands from several high schools marched to upbeat tempos, as city officials threw candy and treats to the kids.

The parade began with excerpts from King's famous "I Have a Dream" speech. The parade ran through downtown, ending at 13th and Church Streets.

Reported by Ashley Hayes