Natchez Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade Monday, Jan. 15 - Jackson Advocate
Retired educator Leola Harris and Natchez Police Chief Cal Green to co-grand marshal the 2024 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade.
The 2024 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade in downtown Natchez will feature retired educator Leola Harris and Natchez Police Chief Cal Green as co-grand marshals. The parade, scheduled for 3 p.m. on Monday, January 15, 2024, is expected to be an exciting event to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
According to Jacqueline Marsaw, who chairs the parade committee, the event will see broad participation from individuals and various groups, and everyone is invited to be a part of this important occasion. The parade will also recognize several individuals for their contributions to the struggle for civil rights, including U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, former Natchez mayor Philip West, Barney J. Schoby, the first Black elected to serve on the Adams County Board of Supervisors, and the late Rev. Leon Howard. Marsaw emphasized the importance of honoring those who fought for civil rights, stating that their work should never be forgotten.
Sponsored by The Natchez Branch of the NAACP, the annual parade is a community-wide event for the Mis-Lou area. The parade route will remain the same as in previous years, with lineup beginning at 2 p.m. on Broadway Street. The route will start at North Broadway and Franklin streets, continue along Franklin to N. Dr. M.L. King St., turn left and proceed up to Minor Street, where it will end.
Following the parade, trophy presentations will be given at the corner of Dr. M.L. King and High streets for the best float, the most impressive vehicle, bands, and dance groups. The float contest and vehicle contest will feature first- through fifth-place awards.
For more information on the parade, individuals can contact Marsaw at 601-443-1350.