Despite the cold weather, hundreds showed up for the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade in Biloxi.
Moss Point resident George B. said, “I want to give a congrats to Martin Luther King on his birthday, y’all give him a round of applause. Now this is what we out here for, it’s a celebration.”
It was a celebration in Biloxi as hundreds of people came out to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Gulfport resident Victoria Barkley said, “Cause right now, we wouldn’t even be next to each other if it wasn’t for him and it shows us that everyone needs to be together and not so split apart.”
Martin Luther King Jr. was born January 15th, 1929. The federal holiday is observed the third Monday of January. For many, the parade is a way to teach the younger generations about one of the most prominent leaders of the Civil Rights Movement. Biloxi resident Lakeisha Snoduy said, “This generation probably doesn’t know too much about Martin Luther King so it is good to educate them on what he has done for us to be allowed to do what we do now. So, this is really education for the younger folks.”
This parade is a Gulf Coast tradition. So if you missed out this year don’t forget to mark your calendars for Monday, January 18th, 2021. Moss Point resident Jadench Bolden said, “That they should come and they should celebrate his life with us because it is very important because he is the one who helped us all get together.”