With a theme of "Unity in the Community," the annual Martin Luther King Jr. parade featured locals that marched from the G.W. Carver Center, down Dr. ML King Jr. Ave., to US 1, then State Road 100 and back, on the morning of Saturday, Jan. 19.
With Martin Luther King Jr. Day being Monday, Jan. 21, marchers held up signs depicting sayings like, "his dream, my mission," "let freedom ring," and "the dream is still alive." The Flagler Palm Coast High School Air Force JROTC led the parade, with Bunnell Mayor Catherine Robinson and the grand marshal, Rev. Frank Giddens, close behind.
"It's important to remember our past," Mayor Robinson said.
She added that the inspirational words and selfless actions of MLK will not be forgotten.
"It means a lot, especially to the community," said Bonita Robinson, a former Bunnell city commissioner. "Our focus is just bringing the community together, from municipalities to the county fire truck."
The Lil City Dazzlers Dance Team was one of the parade groups. The Flagler County group started meeting at the Carver Center about four months ago and are looking to get more youth girls involved.
The team's founder, LaTisha Williams, started the group "to keep the girls doing something and off the streets. We try to keep them active," she said.
Lil City Dazzlers are looking for sponsors and volunteers to help with events and choreography. Flagler County girls ages 5-17 are welcome to join. The group meets 4-6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Carver Center gym, 201 E. Drain Street.
"They’re pretty excited," Williams said. "They never want to leave."