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Statesboro MLK parade moved to Saturday
In this photo from the January 2010 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parade, Samone Waters, 14, of Johnson Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Portal celebrates. After being rained out Monday, the 2011 parade is now set for Saturday at 2 p.m. in downtown Statesboro. - photo by SCOTT BRYANT/Herald File

      Dreams of a Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade were put on hold Monday, when rain inundated city streets. Thursday, the contingency play became official with the announcement that the 2011 event will be held Saturday at 2 p.m.
      Parade officials have confirmed the date and time with the Department of Transportation and local authorities, according to Pearl Brown, president of the Statesboro chapter of the NAACP.
      The delay was due to an inability to correspond with officials Monday, when most departments were taking the day off for the holiday, she said.
      The 2011 Martin Luther King Jr. Parade 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.
      As in years past, the parade will start at Olliff 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 Morre Park.
      "I'm looking forward to the parade," said Brown. "It seems like every year there are more and more things happening that let us know we have to learn to work together. We have to start showing more love for each other. The more we work together - the more inclusive and diversified we are - the better off this country will be."

Jeff Harrison can be reached at (912) 489-9454

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