Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade returns to Savannah

Published: Jan. 13, 2023 at 11:47 AM EST|Updated: Jan. 16, 2023 at 6:14 PM EST
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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - For the first time since before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade returned to Savannah.

The bands, the excitement, the floats, it was a moment many people have anticipated since the pandemic put a pause on this celebration.

An extraordinary celebration indeed for the honorable Dr. Martin Luther King.

“He really stood for, like, the Black community and he had a dream for us to do us and be ourselves.”

To many, the roughly 260 organizations and schools in the parade, paired with the crowds cheering them on for miles, signified the unity of Savannah Dr. King dreamed about.

“We used to come every year before the pandemic started. The floats and the different things they have going on. It’s just joyfulness.”

“It’s a great time to be out, listen to all the bands, all the community coming out to see and celebrate such a wonderful day.”

People on their feet and cheering. Some even traveled from elsewhere to be a part of celebrating MLK Day the Savannah way.

“We only have marches in Cocoa, and I wanted to witness firsthand, on MLK Day, a parade and I am simply floored.”

While King passed nearly 55 years ago, his message is still being shared.

“Great things happen when people love each other. God bless everybody. Happy MLK Day. Back to the parade.”

“Great things happen when people love each other. God bless everybody. Happy MLK Day. Back to the parade.”

The people walking in the parade say honoring MLK is more important now than ever.

“Martin Luther King, I just want to say thank you for everything you did. Thank you for trying to fight for our rights. He really risked his life to fight for our rights and I’m glad that we here today, having a parade celebrating his life,” said Xay Dukes, a Windsor Forest High band member.

Celebrating a life that taught us how to unite.

“We all can be in one city, one town, one state, one voice, one mind.”

The parade was broadcast on WTOC and live streamed on WTOC.com.

2023 MLK Day Parade in Savannah

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Posted by WTOC-TV on Monday, January 16, 2023