FOREST PARK — Chilly, damp conditions last Saturday did not stop the city of Forest Park from kicking off its first-ever Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade.

Clayton County Chairman Jeff Turner, State Rep. Rhonda Burnough and State Rep. Kim Schofield were among the dignitaries who took part in the historic parade, which was a year in the making.

Students from UNIDOS Dual Language School marched in the parade, along with the Dancing Jewels from Jewel Dance Studio and members of the Main Attraction dance team.

Mayor Angelyne Butler said, “I am pleased we have Ms. Myia Clay, and her vision, who orchestrated the parade. I have the utmost confidence that the celebration and recognition of Dr. King’s life and legacy will grow with each subsequent year. I would love to extend a special thank you for all who contributed their time, via participation or observation, and talent towards this monumental occasion.”

Butler noted that the idea of an MLK Day parade was floated last year, but time constraints forced the kickoff parade to this year.

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