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MLK parade kicks off Monday Event kicks off at 10 a.m.; former NFL player will be grand marshal


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BROOKSVILLE - This year's Martin Luther King Jr. parade will take place here Monday morning.

The parade kicks off at 10 a.m. Participants will line up near Hernando High School at the corner of Varsity and Oakwood drives, then travel west down Oakwood Drive to Howell Avenue, east onto Fort Dade Avenue and end at Bell Avenue, according to the parade's website.

This year's parade theme is "Dream Beyond Measures."

Serving as parade grand marshal will be longtime Brooksville resident and former Miami Dolphins and Washington Redskins player Maulty Moore.

Local NAACP Chapter President Paul Douglas said the parade will follow the same route as the Christmas parade.

"We have done quite a bit in a month and a half in putting this thing together," Douglas said. "We've got support from all over the county, which is extremely exciting."

The MLK Brooksville Parade website states bands at Hernando High, Pasco High, Tampa Bay Tech High, Sligh Middle School and Central High will participate in a "battle of the bands" competition.

Douglas invited school board members during a meeting Tuesday to attend or participate in the parade.

Wal-Mart is sponsoring the event, Douglas said.

"It has just grown and grown," the NAACP official said. "It's almost scary how it has grown, but it is the first time we're actually coming up into the city."

Parade attendance is free. For more information, go to www.mlk

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