MLK Parade plans are underway

ELIZABETHTOWN — Preparations are underway for the 30th annual parade honoring the birthday of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in downtown Elizabethtown on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, at 11 a.m.

The theme will be “Together We Win With Love For Humanity.”

Martin Luther King Day celebrates the life and accomplishment of the Rev. King, who 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 and was first observed in 1986, and not by all states until 2000. Martin Luther King Jr. Day takes place on the third Monday of January each year.

Community, civic and school organizations, bands, step-teams, clubs, drill teams, queens and/or kings, etc. are invited to participate. Call 910-645-4995 for additional information. Participation information can be emailed to

The line-up starts 9 a.m. at 805 W. Broad St. in Elizabethtown.