PICAYUNE, MS (WLOX) - The celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy continued in Picayune on Monday. The atmosphere was full of hope and electric with excitement as the City of Picayune came together.
Several streets through town were lined with families and friends sharing laughs, stories, and reflecting on the impact Dr. King left behind. For Barnett Taylor, it was about passing that message down to his children and grandchildren.
"It's real important to me to let them know. Generation after generation that go through. You've got to let them know and learn from what goes on," said Taylor.
What went on at this parade was a joining together of people.
"This parade embodies everything that Dr. Martin Luther King stood for. Bringing people together, everybody's happy. Everybody's acting as one person, and Picayune always does. We're always one Picayune," said Mayor Ed Pinero.
Pinero was proud of his city's event and proud of where the country is headed.
"Everything in the United States is getting better. It's going to continue to get better," said Pinero.
Others along the parade route also believed that the racial divide has shrunk, almost to the point of fulfilling Dr. King's dream.
"I think we've gotten there, but we still have a long way to go," said the Rev. Georgia Antoine.
Antoine and her friends were encouraged after seeing the turnout for this annual event.
"We believe that everybody is coming together because of what we believe. All nationalities, all genders, all races. It was not just for the blacks, but it was for all races," said Antoine.
It's that dream she hopes will continue to grow and take shape in our country. This was the 11th annual MLK Day parade to roll in Picayune.