Laurel MLK parade set for Saturday despite previous permit denial

LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - Laurel Mayor Johnny Magee announced Tuesday evening that the annual Laurel Martin Luther King parade will take place Saturday after several days of discussion regarding parade organizers' failure to apply for a permit in proper time.

Local ministers met with Mayor Magee Tuesday afternoon to discuss the possibilities of moving forward with the parade, and Magee said the decision was made to waive the 30-day permit notice but still require the proper fees to be paid.

"They [parade organizers] will be turning that money in to the city clerk's office tomorrow [Wednesday]," said Magee.

Magee said the process of applying for a parade permit through the city is still in place and will continue to be upheld in the future.

"I think everyone is on the same page now," he said. "Everyone knows that we have an ordinance that will be enforced, and I think everybody leaves happy today."

Lineup for Saturday's parade will begin at 10 a.m. at Sawmill Square Mall, and the parade will move along the Christmas parade route starting at 11 a.m.

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