DALLAS -- It’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and it was a day of memories and music.
“I like to look at the stands where they dance,” young parade-goerTamya Whitemon said.
“I’ve come out to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday,” young parade-goer Heaven Carpenter added.
“I like a lot of bands, and cheerleaders. It’s a really fun thing to come see,” Jerry Russell said.
Nearly 200,000 people lined the streets for the Annual MLK Parade to show support for the visionary leader.
“My mom and grandmother made sure that we were here because it’s very important that we know about Dr. King,” Dana Brown and Christasia Jones said.
“Dr. King, that is my hero,” Pamela McFarland added.
“It is a large taking to make something like this happen."
Despite the thousands of attendees, organizer Darryl Blair says the parade hasn’t always looked like it does today.
“It started 29 years ago right there on the corner of Lamar and Martin Luther King, and marched right on up with 11 cars and a man beating on a drum and a bull horn.”
The parade was the brainchild of Darryl’s father, Negro Leagues baseball player, Veteran and Elite News founder, Bill Blair.
Son, Darryl recalled what his father would be saying at the parade.
“Hurry up and get these people down the street so we can get the rest of them down there,” he smiled. “That’s what he would say. My dad always said, 'you don’t get above people, you stay amongst them.' He just wanted to celebrate regular old people. He wanted to have a parade where regular folk could come out and enjoy themselves and even participate. It’s a wonderful day. I miss him, but it’s a wonderful day. “
Blair died back in April. Now his son is keeping his legacy alive.
“We’re going to make sure we fine tune everything that we’re doing in the spirit of my father and Dr. Martin Luther King.”