Superintendents of three Pine Bluff school districts will serve as grand marshals for the 37th annual Original KingFest™ Parade/March at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20, beginning at Third Avenue and Walnut Street.
The Original KingFest™ Parade/March (marade) honors the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The grand marshals will be Superintendents Barbara Warren of Dollarway School District, Jerry Guess of Watson Chapel School District and Jeremy Owoh of Pine Bluff School District, according to a news release from Pine Bluff Interested Citizens for Voter Registration (PBICVR) Inc.
The parade/marade line up time will be 1 p.m. at Third Avenue at Walnut Street, proceeding east on Third Avenue to Convention Center Drive to the Pine Bluff Convention Center.
“We ask everyone to come inside the convention center for a short youth educational program and the awarding of the trophies to the best band (Battle of the Bands),” according to the news release.
The parade’s theme will be “Let’s Talk About Our Dream: Writing A New History.” Parade participants are asked to display messages on floats, cars, church buses, banners and signs related to the theme.
Awards, sponsored by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., will be given to the group with the most provocative banner, poster or float using the theme. Churches, social and civic organizations, youth groups, neighborhood watch groups, sororities, fraternities, school bands, businesses and elected officials are invited to join the parade/marade.
City, county, state and national candidates seeking office can participate in the marade however, PBICVR, Inc. requests they not pass out campaign materials or display campaign signs on cars or carry in hands while in the marade.
A youth led educational program will be held in the Pine Bluff Convention Center following the MLK Parade/Marade Jan. 20. The doors at the center will open at 2:30 p.m.
The deadline for parade applications is Thursday, Jan. 16. Applications can be filled out Monday through Wednesday from 11 a.m. to noon at the PBICVR office, 211 W. Third Ave., Suite 109, of the Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Building.
Also upon request, applications can be obtained by calling Mary Liddell, 870-643-2383; Pelida Norris, 870-692-8579; or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Rev. Jesse C. Turner is executive director of PBICVR.
To volunteer or for details call 870-730-1131; visit the website at www.pbicvrpenorpencil.com.