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Hundreds attend MLK Day parade in Brooksville

Published:   |   Updated: January 21, 2014 at 05:28 PM

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BROOKSVILLE - Hundreds attended the Martin Luther King Jr. parade Monday morning in Brooksville.

The parade route started near Hernando High School at the corner of Varsity and Oakwood Drive and traveled down Oakwood to Howell, Fort Dade and Bell avenues. The parade carried this year's theme of "Dreams Beyond Measures."

"I think it's a great thing that they are doing in honor of Martin Luther King," said Genard Hudson, who attended the parade. "It shows community support."

Maulty Moore, a longtime Brooksville resident who played in the National Football League for the Miami Dolphins and Washington Redskins, served as grand marshall.

The parade also featured bands from Weeki Wachee High, Hernando High, Pasco High, Tampa Bay Tech High, Sligh Middle School and Central High.

"Very enjoyable," said Jeremiah Ritchey as he watched the parade go by. "Weeki Wachee had the best band so far, I think."

Among those participating in the parade were Brooksville Mayor Kevin Hohn, Sheriff Al Nienhuis, Sen. Wilton Simpson, U.S. Rep. Richard Nugent, Hernando County Fire Rescue personnel, Supervisor of Elections Shirley Anderson, most school board members, School Superintendent Lori Romano, People Helping People, and Greater Love Outreach Church. "It was well attended for a short notice," said Brooksville Police Chief George Turner. "It was the first parade for Martin Luther King Day in that location, since formerly it was in south Brookville."

The parade went without any disturbance, Turner said.

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