Two grand marshals and numerous bands will be part of this year’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade on Saturday, Jan. 13.

The parade will begin at 11 a.m. and follow the same route as the annual Christmas parade, starting on Poplar Avenue and disbanding near Philadelphia High School.

The annual MLK program will follow in the Philadelphia High School auditorium beginning at 12:30 p.m. It has previously been in the Westside Community Center.

This year’s grand marshals of the parade are Philadelphia High School star running back Marcus Dupree and Philadelphia Realtor Mike Tinsley.

Organizer Eva Tisdale is especially excited about this year’s parade and program, as she hopes attendance will increase since the program will be in the PHS auditorium.

“Our school bands will participate in the parade as well as East Central Community College and other out-of-town bands,” she said.

Guest speaker for the program will be Michael Tardy, principal at Philadelphia High School.

“We have three students from Neshoba Central and Philadelphia high schools who will present a verbal essay on the negative and positive aspects of social media,” Tisdale said of the program.

Entry fee for the parade is $35. There will be no entry fee for schools. Donations are also being accepted.

Applications are available at the Neshoba County Public Library or you can call Tisdale at 601-479-1370.