Texarkana, USA– The third annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day parade will be held Monday, January 15, 2018. The parade will start at 11:30 a.m. and consist of about 50 participants. The planned route will cover a little over a mile covering from Broad Street to the Front Street Plaza before turning on Olive and continuing on to Stateline where it will cross and travel down Fourth Street to end at the Miller County Courthouse.
There is a $15 entry fee payable to BTGA. Those interested in participating should provide a check or money order only for entry fees. All entries are due by January 11 at 5:00 p.m.
Applications for entry are available at the following locations:
Jefferson Professional Building, Ste. B at 4425 Jefferson Avenue
Sandflat Center at 209 East 14th Street
You may also email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 870-330-7909 for additional information.
There are limitations on the types of vehicles permitted and those interested should contact parade officials for more details.
Bands and drill teams from local schools will be permitted to perform routines at the bandstand which will be located in front of the Front Street Plaza Stage.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a federal holiday signed into law by President Ronald Reagan in 1983. It was first officially celebrated in 1986. The holiday is meant to coincide with Dr. King’s birthday and to recognize and commemorate his spirit and drive for equality for all people. Dr. King placed his life on the line several times in peaceful demonstrations where he was threatened, beat, jailed, and eventually killed while working toward equality and the promotion of a society which would treat all people equal. Dr. King was jailed twenty-nine times for his beliefs before being murdered in Memphis, Tennessee. Today all people benefit from his work through Civil Rights laws which guarantee equality for all in our nation.
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