MOULTRIE, GA (WALB) - In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, several people organized a parade in downtown Moultrie.
Several people at the parade said it encourages them to remember Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy.
Event coordinators said over 30 groups participated in the parade, making it one of the largest MLK events in Moultrie.
Patsy Parks was one of many parade attendees Monday, and she said celebrations like this will continue to spread King’s message.
“We need this so much, all around the world," Parks said. “He came to bring peace, he came to bring love, and we are looking to do that to carry out his wishes."
Parks said she hopes people will try to live by King’s words beyond just this one day.
Organizers said they tried something new this year by scheduling several events throughout the day to entice people to come together for longer periods of time.
They hope they can do this again next year, coordinators said.
Organizers said they’re hosting a community wide event at the Ryce Center in hopes it brings as many people together as possible, which is also one of the largest turnouts for any MLK Day event.
Armogene Natson, another attendee, said it’s wonderful seeing so many people all at one place having a great time.
“It’s just fabulous, I love it, I love it," Natson said. "And I would love to see it even greater next year.”
Natson said this community event is a great opportunity to unite people of all ages.
She added she hopes these gatherings will remind the youth of King’s message that violence is never the answer.