Lafayette residents celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. a day early. The annual parade rolled out from the MLK Center on Cora St. at 2pm, then processed down MLK Memorial Parkway.
And despite what seemed all of Louisiana tuning in to watch the Saints play at the same time, many still turned out to honor Dr. King.
“I feel that the parade symbolizes something that is greater than just a football game,” said Lafayette resident, Adam Eugene. He adds, “It’s a generational thing that’s been fought for since the sixties, when MLK started it, and it’s something that we have to continue to support and continue to embrace and be thankful for throughout the years.”
Eugene says he hopes even more people show up for next year’s parade.
Another local, Marcus Jackson, says he’ll defeintitely attend the parade again, “The parade is just a reminder of how far we’ve come and also just a celebration of where we are right now.”