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Elizabethtown – Preparations are underway for the thirty-fourth (34th) annual parade honoring the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. which will be held in Elizabethtown, North Carolina on Monday, January 16, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. The 2023 theme is “Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of Dr. King’s I Have A Dream Speech.”  Martin Luther King Day celebrates the life and accomplishment of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  MLK promoted Civil Rights through nonviolent civil disobedience.  He is perhaps best known for his “I have a dream…” speech in 1963.  He was assassinated in 1968.  Martin Luther King, Jr. Day became a federally recognized holiday in 1983. The first year this holiday was observed was 1986, and not by all states.  In 2000 it became a nationally observed holiday in all states.  Martin Luther King Jr. Day takes place on the third Monday of January each year.  Click for further information: https://nationaltoday.com/martin-luther-king-jr-day/

Church, school and community organizations, bands, step-teams, drill teams, motorcycle clubs, masonic lodges, veterans, queens, kings etc. are invited to participate in the parade.  The line-up starts at 9:00 a.m. at 805 West Broad Street; Elizabethtown, North Carolina. 

Individuals wishing to be involved should provide the name of the entry and a contact person’s cell number on or before January 9th.  Email that to abullock1951@gmail.com with the subject “2023 MLK Parade”.    Additionally, if desired, it can be sent via US Mail to MLK Parade Committee; 3295 Peanut Plant Road; Elizabethtown NC 28337.