|Parade Grand Marshal|
In Monroeville, floats of all sizes and shapes were staged and made ready to move out. Marchers grabbed signs and posters emblazoned with the images and slogans of Martin Luther King. Bags of throws were loaded into cars, trucks and floats in preparation for the parade. All seemed ready.
A flatbed containing hundreds of colorful balloons and at least 25 excited beaming children was pulled into line as the signal to move out was finally given. Police and fire sirens wailed as the street was cleared to make room for the marchers. The parade route, which was a little over 2 miles, was lined with hundreds of excited parade goers of all ages calling for candy and beads.
|Volunteer hands child a lunch tray|
The parade made a turn around the stately old town square, which was filled to capacity with parade goers, and then disbanded. We were told the parade was one of the most successful MLK parades in memory.
AmeriCorps VISTA members assist in community outreach on behalf of The Community Foundation of South Alabama.