MLK Parade rolls through downtown Louisville - News, Weather & Sports

MLK Parade rolls through downtown Louisville

George Burney George Burney
Wallace Johnson Wallace Johnson
Sharrell Varner Sharrell Varner
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By Matt McCutcheon – bio | email

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Doctor Martin Luther King, Junior's legacy and iconic dream were remembered with a parade through the streets of downtown Louisville on Monday, January 17, 2011.

"This is our 39th annual motorcade honoring him, said parade director George Burney. "We started off with 10 cars and now we have 1,000," he said.

Parade goers said this year's parade was one of the biggest, with local police, fire, businesses, and other community agencies entering the taking part, as well as hundreds of people who simply wanted to be a part of it.

"I've been doing this for the last 25 years and so I took off work to be a special part of this event," said Wallace Johnson.

"This is a symbol of everything my grandparents fought for when they were younger," said Chiqukita Nelson. "This is the way my children are going to learn to value things in life. It teaches them right from wrong."

"I love that he had a dream and that he spoke out and unlike other people he spoke out and I feel like he's outgoing and I'm like that too," said 16-year-old Sharrell Varner. "He spoke up for what be believed in and did something about it. That's what made me want to come out."

And as parade time neared, the time spent waiting - and driving - along Broadway to the West Chestnut Baptist Church - was spent bonding with family, and even strangers as they all came together for one cause.

"It means we're able to work together in the community and bring everyone together that we may have more jobs, that we may do things in the community," Johnson said.

"This is the way life should be: free, happy, and everybody getting along peacefully," Nelson said.

That's something Doctor Martin Luther King Junior was dreaming of decades ago.

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