As promised, I have returned with highlights from the 35th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade that was help on Monday, January 20. I raced across to E Broad Street with the hope of catching the start of the parade in commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Thanks to the rapidly changing weather I went from being ridiculously cold to uncomfortably hot and back within minutes. Note to self: Must take more vitamin C! Churches, activists, children, schools, local officials, non-profit organizations, marching bands, military units and news anchors participated in the event that made its way from E Broad and Liberty Street, on to Broughton Street and finally ending at MLK Jr Blvd and Anderson Street a few hours later while onlookers gathered in their numbers along the streets. “Learn the History, Appreciate the Sacrifice, Live the Dream.” was the theme conceptualized by a sixth grade student; a clear reminder of our responsibility to honor the persons who have helped to better our society.
It was a bitter-sweet moment when I realized that the show was over. Within minutes the streets reverted to their natural order; vehicular traffic resumed and gone were the folding chairs – at least until the next big event! As for me, I had a date with my bed to rest my aching back and feet.