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Boro MLK parade postponed
Event likely moving to Saturday
King Holiday Heal
Ricky Brown II, 4, rides on his father Ricky Brown's shoulders during a march to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day in San Francisco, Monday. - photo by Associated Press

The corridors set to host this year's Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade were overflowing Monday. But it is was rain blanketing the Statesboro sidewalks instead of men, women and children looking to honor the slain civil rights icon.

With two hours remaining before the parade kick-off and facing a forecast of a 90 percent chance of rain throughout the evening, parade officials chose to delay festivities until later in the week.

Pearl Brown, president of the Statesboro chapter of the NAACP, said officials expect to stage the parade Saturday, but will need to confirm the date and time with authorities.

"We have to go through the Department of Transportation, along with the city and police department," she said.

According to Brown, the parade, if held Saturday, "will likely be at the same time" as planned Monday - The parade was scheduled for 2 p.m.

Parade officials say a definitive answer on when the event can be scheduled should be known in a day or two. Because of the holiday, many departments were shut down for the day.

Brown is hopeful the delay will not hurt parade attendance.

The weather did not prevent an MLK Prayer Breakfast - hosted this year by St. Matthews Catholic Church off Gentilly Road - or a 3 p.m. Community Service Program at Tabernacle Baptist Church on Bulloch Street from continuing as planned.

The 2011 Martin Luther King Jr. Parade - when it is eventually held - is themed "One Nation-One Dream," and will honor the military and their contributions, as well as Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks and Rev. Patrick Jones, according to Brown.

As in years past, the parade will start at Olive and North Main Streets, near the now-closed Kentucky Fried Chicken, and proceed south on Main where it will turn right onto West Main Street. From there, the procession will continue to Martin Luther King Blvd., turn back north and finish at Luetta Moore Park.

Jeff Harrison can be reached at 912-489-9454.


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