City’s first MLK parade Jan. 25

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By Denyse Clark

The city of Lancaster’s inaugural parade honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, on Main Street.
Grand marshal for the celebration is WPEG Power 98’s No Limit Larry, a.k.a. No Leezy, who will lead the parade through historic downtown Lancaster, said Jimola Wade, performing arts manager for See Lancaster.
The parade begins at Springs Street and, following the parade, the community is asked to join No Limit Larry at Lancaster City Hall, 216 S. Catawba St., at about noon for a moment of reflection and inspiration, organizers said.
Winners of the “I Have A Dream” short-story contest, with participants from the Lancaster County schools, will be announced during the celebration at city hall.
The idea for the Martin Luther King parade was proposed by Lancaster City Councilwoman Tamara Green Garris during a budget discussion at council’s May 14, 2013, meeting.
At that meeting, Garris requested $3,000 from the city’s hospitality fund be added to the budget to help fund a Martin Luther King Day parade in Lancaster.
”I asked the council to add the MLK parade to the budget because I thought we should have something in the city to honor and give reverence to the dream that Dr. King had,” Garris said. “I think it’s important that we remind our youth to ask themselves if they are fulfilling his dream – his dream of us all uniting as one nation barring all racial barriers, injustices and learn to show love toward one another.”
Garris said the parade is a great way for the community to join together to celebrate King’s dream.
“One of his quotes that I liked was, ‘The quality, not the longevity of one’s life is what is important,’” Garris said.
“That is why we must strive every day to be our best and do our best to fulfill the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.”
The “I Have a Dream parade and ceremony application deadline has been extended to Jan. 13, said Caroline Hasty, the city’s events and  promotions manager.
Applications can be downloaded at www.lan castercitysc.com or picked up at Lancaster City Hall.
“I want the parade to be a great success and I encourage everyone to participate in the parade,” Garris said.
“It will be an event you don’t want to miss.”

Contact reporter Denyse Clark at (803) 283-1152