ELIZABETHTOWN — Hundreds lines the downtown streets of Elizabethtown on Monday morning for the annual Martin Luther Kind Jr. Parade.
The event was blessed with sunny skies and just a hint of crispness in the air as young and old packed the area to watch the hour-long procession make its way from Elizabethtown Town Hall on West Broad Street, through downtown, then turn right onto South Poplar Street before concluding at the Bo's parking lot.
The parade, as always, offered a wide variety of entrants — including the usual church and civic group floats, elected officials, pageant queens, baton twirlers, dancers, horses, fire and rescue vehicles and the East Bladen High marching band and cadets from the Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy.
Also included in the parade were classic cars and trucks of all makes and models, as well as dozens upon dozens of motorcycles — lured to the parade by Big Show of Big Show Auto Finish — that rattled windows and sent fingers into ears as they thunderously rolled past.
Immediately after the parade, folks went to Elizbethtown Presbyterian Church for a free luncheon to celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr. During the luncheon, Lonnie Robinson read the famous “I Have a Dream” speech and the choir from Elizabethtown First Missionary Baptist Church performed.
Folks also attended a free luncheon at Big Show Auto Finish.