The annual parade honoring the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be held Saturday.
The parade route has changed in the past few years. The parade will begin, like always, at Newnan High School. It will head up LaGrange Street, head right on Salbide Avenue and left on Greenville Street into downtown.
The parade will then turn left at North Court Square, left at West Court Square and back down LaGrange Street to Newnan High. The reviewing stand will be on West Court Square.
Local civic and church leader Ida Johnson will be the grand marshal for this year’s parade. The theme for this year's event is "Honoring the Dream through Love, Education and Service."
Parade participants should line up by 9:30 a.m. for judging, which will begin at 10 a.m. Participants who don't plan to enter floats for judging should be lined up no later than 11:30 a.m.
After the parade, light refreshments will be served at the school.
This marks the 32nd year that Newnan Chapter 483, Order of the Eastern Star has sponsored a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. parade and commemoration. A celebration will be held Friday night at Russell Temple A.M.E. Church, 155 Westside School Road, Newnan.
Details for the Friday evening program are still being finalized.
King, who was killed by an assassin in 1968, was no stranger to Coweta County. He lived most of his life one county away in Atlanta. His brother, Alfred Daniel Williams King, was pastor of Mt. Vernon First Baptist Church in Newnan for a couple of years starting in 1959.
Martin Luther King Jr. preached a revival at Mt. Vernon while his brother was a pastor there.
For more information on this year’s program, contact Worthy Matron Mary Paige at 404-483-8671 or Past Matron Margaret Thompson at 770-253-1559.