PEARL RIVER COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - People in Pearl River County honored Dr. Martin Luther King as residents hit the streets of Picayune for the 9th Annual Tribute March and Celebration Program.
The MLK holiday brought hundreds of residents out of their homes to honor the slain civil rights leader.
"If the young people just knew just how much this man have made the way for us, they'd be out here in droves," said Picayune resident J.L. Breland.
The MLK parade featured walking groups, and entertainment from the Picayune High School Band. Some people paraded on horse back or on four wheelers. Even traditional floats were in the parade decorated to educate.
"It has a lot different facts on the life of Martin Luther King and a lot of positive messages," said Sherry Young, a teacher in the Picayune School District.
The overall message of Dr. King's dream reached the crowd.
"He did a lot for America," said resident Guy Larson.
"We were so far behind in everything and so he opened up the gate for you to walk in," said resident Sam Crawford.
His buddy, Otha Grant, echoed his words.
"He's the best thing that ever could have happened to American. So he actually deserves this day and everybody should respect this day."
After the parade, the celebration moved indoors at Rose of Sharon Church where music and prayer paid tribute to Dr. King.