Registration under way for MLK Jr. Parade


Newnan’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. parade will be Jan. 11, departing from Newnan High School and moving through the Court Square. Registration is under way by organizing group Newnan Chapter 483 OES. 

Newnan Chapter 483 Order of the Eastern Star, Prince Hall, is preparing to hold its 27th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration and parade in Newnan.

The annual Memorial Service, traditionally held the Friday prior to the parade, will be held Jan. 10 at Zion Hill Baptist Church, 87 Pinson Street in Newnan, starting at 7 p.m. The parade will be held on Jan. 11, departing from the area of Armory Road next to Newnan High School.

The 2014 celebration theme is “Illuminating the Star through Rededication, Reclamation and Education for the Growth of the Future,” said Sister Margaret Blandenburg, Chapter 483 Worthy Matron.

Grand marshal for the 2014 parade will be Newnan Mayor Pro-Tem Cynthia Jenkins.

Members of the Chapter 483 OES are taking parade registration for floats, cars or walking groups. The parade entry fee for floats and groups is $25. Entry for individual motorcycles and horses is $10.

The parade will leave the area of Newnan High School at noon Jan. 11. Float participants are asked to enter on Armory Road no later than 9:30 a.m. for judging. The judging for floats will begin at 10 a.m. Coordinators will begin lining up other participants at 11 a.m.

The parade will move from Newnan High School north on LaGrange Street, through the Court Square downtown and along Jackson Street and Wesley Street, ending at Willie Lynch Park.

Refreshments for participants will be served after the parade.

T-shirts and sweatshirts commemorating the 2014 celebration are available for pre-order from Blandenburg, who is chairing the Commemorative Shirt Committee, at 770-254-1491. Or contact: Co-Chairperson Sister Brenda Carter, 770-251-1107; Co-Chairperson Sister Jewel Moore, 770-252-5875; Sister Wendy Freeman-Smith, 770-251-9958; or any Newnan Chapter 483 representative.

Patron donations for the celebration are being accepted, and ads in the Souvenir Memorial Program are $50 for a whole page or $25 for a half page. For information contact Sister Karen Britt, chairperson, at 678-552-9120 or Co-Chairperson Sister Margaret Thompson at 770-253-1559 or any chapter member.

Thompson noted that special recognition goes to Newnan Chapter 483 Past Worthy Matron Sarah Williams for getting the annual celebrations started more than two decades ago. Also, Cynthia Finney and the youth Eastern Star chapter members provide input on the annual celebration.

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