Crowds watch the Martin Luther King Jr. Parade along the route.
SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -
Big crowds lined the streets of Savannah for the 34th annual parade - as the bands played, city leaders rode by, and organizations marched on the parade route - to pay tribute to the life and legacy of one of the most prominent civil rights leaders.
"I think it is important that we carry on his legacy and fight for social justice in a non-violent way," said Jessica Bridges.
For many Martin Luther King Jr. Day holds special meaning, as it is not only a remembrance of the past, but sets the tone for the future.
"Today is a special in that two occasions are coinciding on the same day," said City Councilwoman Mary Osborn. "The inauguration of the President, as well as the MLK parade. It is important for the community to come out. We always have a great turnout from our community. I think many people from our council are in Washington for the inauguration."
This year's theme is: "Dreamers are Believers and Believers become Achievers". People along the parade route said that by coming together on this day, they hope they are achieving the King's dream.
"It shows progress," said Jessica Alford. "It shows we haven't forgotten Dr. Martin Luther King and it shows we still have a ways to go."
"We believe in non-violence and everybody should be able to get along and by incorporating all his beliefs, we can have a better community and United States," said Stephanie Pollard.
This year would have been the 84th birthday of the slain civil rights leader.
Yet his leadership and example continues to inspire people throughout the world in the cause of human rights.