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The Helena Arkansas Daily World - Helena, AR
  • Traditional MLK Parade set for Saturday

  • Helena-West Helena's annual Martin Luther King Parade will be held this Saturday, April 6 at 4 p.m. according to parade chair Mary Olson.
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  • Helena-West Helena's annual Martin Luther King Parade will be held this Saturday, April 6 at 4 p.m. according to parade chair Mary Olson. The parade will begin at the Doughboy statue on Cherry Street and continue to Missouri Street before returning to the courthouse via Walnut Street. The parade, said Olson, commemorates the date of Dr. King's assassination in Memphis back in 1968. This year's theme is “From Vision to Victory.” Helena-West Helena Mayor Arnell Willis will serve as honorary chair of the parade. Bands, horses, floats and walking groups will come together to celebrate and remember Dr. King's dream of unity and continuing to make The Dream a reality. All groups interested in participating in the parade may register by contacting Olson at 870-816-6798 or 870-338-8900. “This year the parade was moved from the traditional MLK holiday in January to April 6 because many were celebrating the presidential inauguration on Dr. King's birthday,” said Olson. “We join the increasing number of cities across the country that will be celebrating the first weekend in April as “From Vision to Victory Day.”

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