Because of COVID concerns, some Martin Luther King Jr. celebrations will look a little different in Candler County this year. But the Candler County Cultural Center Committee and Candler County Branch NAACP are still hosting traditional commemorations.

The annual Emancipation Proclamation Program was held Jan. 1 at New Hope MB Church.

On Sunday, Jan. 17, the annual Observance Day Program will also be held at New Hope in Register. The program will begin at 2 p.m.

The annual parade will be held Monday, Jan. 18, at 2 p.m. Line-up will begin at 1 p.m. at Metter Police Department on East Lillian St. 

Rev. Calvin Boykin will serve as parade grand marshal. 

There is no need to pre-register for the parade. All floats, individuals, churches, clubs, groups, riders, walkers, bikers, golf/go-carts, horses and other entries should just report at 1 p.m. at MPD to be included in the line-up.

All floats will be judged for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place awards.

The theme for this year’s MLK celebration is “United to Eliminate Racial Discrimination, and Let Equality and Justice Prevail.”

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