Martin Luther King Day celebrations stretched across the Panhandle Monday. For the parents and grandparents in Jackson County who were alive during the time of Dr. King, they say it's important to share his message with the younger generations.
"It is important that they know because they weren't alive during the time of Dr. King, but it is important the we share and teach them the importance of freedom, importance of love and nonviolence all of the things that Dr. King taught," says Jackson County resident Daisy Cockerham.
Sponsored by the local chapter of the NAACP, the parade featured 39 entries, growing from last year's 21 participants. From Daniels Street to Madison Street Park, the parade included law enforcement, step dancing, and even the Marianna High School Band.
It is an event enjoyed by many hoping to carry on Dr. King's message of equality and peace for generations to come.
"We understand the importance of keeping the dream alive," says Reverend Ronald Dale Mizer, the president of the Jackson County NAACP. "There are a lot of young people that need to understand that they can be anything that they want to be. They can go anywhere that they want to go, and they have to hold their heads high and know that they can be somebody in this society."
Monday's parade finished at Madison Street Park with guest speakers.