Ardmore will come together for its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade and celebration Monday.
Check-in for the parade begins at 9 a.m. The parade will start at 10 a.m. in Central Park, then make its way down Main Street to the HFV Wilson Community Center. Community Center Program Coordinator Geoffrey Moore said the parade has been an annual occurrence for as long as he can remember.
“This is a tradition for the city of Ardmore, and for the community center, for years,” Moore said. “It’s an annual tradition, all of the churches come together for our program.”
Moore said the parade will be a fairly short one, and will most likely not take longer than an hour. Once the parade concludes, a program with several speakers will begin. All of the participating churches’ youth will band together to form one MLK Youth Mass Choir, which will perform several songs during the program.
T.C. Varner, a former Ardmore City Schools teacher who’s been recognized for his connection to the community in the past, will serve as the keynote speaker and Mayor Martin Dyer will deliver a
proclamation. The Miss Black Ardmore and Mr. Debonair pageant winners will appear in the parade. The Pride of Ardmore will perform in the procession.
The Rev. John Credle Jr. from Mt. Zion Baptist Church will deliver the invocation at the beginning of the program and the Rev. Abraham Walton Jr. from Corinth Baptist Church will deliver the benediction at the end.
Ardmore’s police and fire departments, local businesses, nonprofit organizations and church groups will make up the rest of the parade.