MLK Day Parade
We are excited to share our city’s plans for this year’s observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, including the 25th annual King Day Parade on the morning of January 15, 2022, which will be officially sponsored by the City of Laurens for the first time in its history. The City is proud to partner with the Sanders High School Alumni Association and other community organizations such as Laurens County Chamber of Commerce, Main Street Laurens, and Laurens CPW to support this special event. It is our hope that these new partnerships will help increase public awareness and participation from every segment of our population as we strive to honor and live into the legacy of Dr. King.
We invite you to participate! There are several ways you can take part.
Parade. January 15, 2022, 10:00 a.m. West Laurens Street
This year the parade will take a slightly different route than in years past. Parade participants will assemble along West Laurens Street and the parade will begin at Caroline Street, proceed through the Public Square, and then continue on to South Harper and Green Street until it terminates at Sanders Middle School. We strongly encourage you to build a traditional “float” for the community to enjoy as you ride past. Awards will be given for creativity, best float design, and best use of the parade theme, “It Starts with Me to Keep the Dream Alive.” Of course, even if you aren’t able to build a float, we want to encourage you to decorate your car, truck, golf cart, bike or even yourselves, and take part in the parade!
Please note the contact information listed below, and sign up for your spot in this year’s parade. Participants are asked to have their floats decorated in-place in the parade line up no later than 9:30 a.m.
Commemorative Program. January 15, 2022, 12:00 p.m. Sanders Middle School Auditorium
This year, the Sanders High School Alumni Association – Class of 1964 will preside over moving program which will feature music, presentation of parade awards, community-led prayer, a special guest speaker, and remarks from community leaders regarding the legacy of Dr. King and the importance of his message for our own community in the present.
Community Pop-Up Shop. January 15, 2022, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Sanders Middle School Gymnasium
The parade and official commemorative program will be complemented by a Community Pop-Up Shop which will be held in the Sanders gym and will feature a wide variety of items. Come by the Pop-Up Shop and support the local vendors offering jewelry, books, clothes, candy, candles, crafty creations, and other items! This is a great opportunity to support entrepreneurs and local artisans, so please visit our Community Pop-Up Shop and bring something home! You’ll feel good knowing that your purchase has helped support your own community.
If you are “crafty” and creative and/or you would like to participate in the Pop-Up Shop by selling items created by someone who is, we would love to have you participate. This is a great way to share your talents and earn some money. Additionally, if your organization serves the community would like to participate, we will have space designated for a “Community Information Center.” We welcome organizations interested in sharing information on vital topics such as housing, health, parenting, children/students, books, vaccination, or voter registration.
There is no charge for booth space; however, space is limited, so please don’t delay in contacting us if you are interested in participating as a vendor.
We are very excited about this year’s festivities, and we hope that this celebration will set the standard for years to come. But, perhaps most importantly, we hope that this celebration will foster a sense of unity which values our diversity, but draws all of us together as one community, united in love and respect.
CONTACT INFORMATION FOR REGISTRATION/PARTICIPATION:
Laurens City Hall 864-984-3933
Linda Kelly 864-684-2378
Marion Blakely 864-984-7527
Elma Morrison 864-981-1738
Stanley Yeargin 864-361-7403