If you love a parade, celebrate the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday at one of the best in Charlotte.
Carolina Panther Thomas Davis, founder of the Defending Dreams Foundation, will share the honors with Dr. Ronald Carter, 13th president of Johnson C. Smith University as co-Grand Marshalls for the 2013 Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade in Uptown Charlotte on Saturday, January 19th beginning at 11a.m. The parade route extends from 11th and N. Tryon to ML King Blvd. and S. Tryon.
A new feature this year will be the location of the main stage at Levine Avenue of the Arts. Competing groups will perform a 45 second routine as they vie for $6,000 in cash awards. Parade units will be judged for “appearance, creativity, relevance to Dr. King, and overall quality” according to Cherise Belnavis Johnson, volunteer parade chairperson.
Johnson continues, “As this is a family event in honor of a true American hero, [groups] must reflect high character, professionalism and good taste the entire time [they] are a part of the parade including [their] 45 second scored segment."
Award categories range from a $1,000 first prize for the “Top Marching Band Class A” to $500 prizes for “Top Drill Team”, “Top Float Professional and Non Professional”, “Top Step Team”, “Top Sorority/Fraternity”, “Top Community/Civic Group”, “Top JROTC” , and “Top Cheer/Dance.”
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