Next Monday the City of Ardmore will be holding a parade and program in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. The parade will be kicking off at 10 a.m. in Cardinal Park and will then make its way to the HFV Wilson Community Center. After the parade, everyone is invited inside the center to celebrate Dr. King’s legacy with song and a special guest speaker.
JaMia Hubbard, HFV Wilson Center program coordinator, said the parade will follow a similar route to the one taken last year. Participants are asked to gather at Cardinal Park at 9 a.m. to start lining up, and the parade route will follow Martin Luther King Drive then take F Street NE to the HFV Wilson Community Center.
“We used to hold the parade down Main Street, but we changed it last year because of all of the construction that was taking place,” Hubbard said. “A lot of people in the community said they really liked the new route. Some of our older residents aren’t able to get outside and come to Main Street, so they were able to step outside their houses and watch from their yard.”
Hubbard said she expects the parade to wrap up some time around 10:45 a.m. The program will then begin at around 11 a.m. The MLK Youth Mass Choir will be performing a few numbers, and this year’s guest speaker will be Gary Cooper, a motivational speaker based out of the Dallas area. Hubbard pointed out that while Cooper may live in Texas now, he once called Ardmore home.
“He used to live here in Ardmore, but now he’s based out of Dallas, so we’re really excited to have him back,” Hubbard said. “I’ve actually heard him speak because he used to work at Ardmore Middle School. I’ve heard him speak there as well as at different churches and places like that. I think it’s going to be really good.”